Council Funding Cuts Created Eight Million Potholes

Mon 8th Jul 2019

A major cut in spending on roadworks by local government has contributed to almost eight million unnecessary potholes according to the latest data.

Figures released by the Local Government Association (LGA) reveal the extent of damage which has been inflicted on the UK’s roads due to funding cuts, which have dropped rom £1.1billion for road repairs in 2009/10 to £701million in 2017/18. That huge shortfall could have helped repair 7.8 million potholes across the UK, but austerity measures inflicted by central government has seen regular maintenance work sacrificed in order to pay for key services such as childcare and homelessness support. 

Cllr Martin Tett, transport spokesman for the LGA, said: “Potholes can be the bane of motorist’s life. They can damage vehicles and cause accidents.

“Councils are on the side of motorists, and are doing all they can to keep our roads safe and resilient, repairing potholes quickly as they can.

“But unprecedented funding cuts have meant councils are increasingly limited in how much they can invest in looking after our country’s roads.”

The LGA estimate that an additional £10billion is required to fix the country’s crumbling road network, with councils fixing a pothole every 17 seconds, and a recent study suggesting that 40,000 miles of British roads are in ‘poor condition’.