January 7 2017
Local Government Association says 2017 could be ‘tipping point’ for the problem
New analysis indicates the repair bill for potholes could reach £14bn within two years, reports New Civil Engineer. To reverse the trend, the Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for the Government to inject a further £1bn a year into roads maintenance.
The LGA cites the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA), annual ALARM survey, which says the overall repair figure has grown from £9.8bn in 2012 to £11.8bn last year. It is projected to rise to £14bn by 2019.
The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, says such a figure would be more than three times councils’ annual spending on highways and transport, which is currently £4.4bn.