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The country has ‘gone backwards’ in terms of pothole progress, the RAC says as it warns poor weather will make the situation worse in the coming months.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed nearly £50m to fixing potholes as part of a multi-million pound investment aimed at improving England’s roads.
Putting all the UK's potholes together would create a 40km hole stretching down to the Earth's mantle, according to research by the comparison website Confused.com.
The number of pothole-related faults attended by RAC patrols in the second quarter of this year increased by almost a third (31%) compared to the same period in 2016.
The RAC warned the country’s roads are on a knife-edge as it reported a 63% increase in pothole-related breakdowns in the first quarter of the year.
Driverless and connected cars add weight to the case for improved highway maintenance, report says.
Roads are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired and it would need more than £12bn to bring them up to scratch, council leaders have warned.
An increase in the number of heavier lorries on the local roads network could see the number of potholes 'spike', council chiefs are warning.
A petition calling on the Government to invest an additional 2p per litre of the existing fuel duty into fixing potholes has been launched.
Potholes are likely to appear at an ‘unprecedented rate’ over the next few months, a motoring group has warned.