Funding for 9.5 million pothole repairs ‘lost from council budgets’

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According to the new analysis, the annual funding for repair of more than 9.5 million potholes has been lost from the council’s budget.

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NS local government association (LGA) said total capital funding transport Department in councils England There is £1.39 billion for local road maintenance in 2021/22, down from £1.78 billion in the previous year.

The LGA calculated that a £399 million shortfall could be paid for the thousands of potholes to be fixed in each local council area, with repairs costing an average of around £42.

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It will already take £10 billion and more than a decade to clear the current local roads repair backlog

LGA urged treasure Committed to giving councils an additional £500 million per year for road repairs, and to use the upcoming spending review to fill the “gap of £400 million”.

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David Renard, the organization’s transport spokesman, said: “The council is working hard to keep our roads safe and resilient, repairing potholes as quickly as possible.

“However, it will already take £10bn and more than a decade to clear the existing local road repair backlog, given the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellation of major planned works that have pushed this backlog forward.

“With long-term and consistent investment in local road maintenance in review of spending, councils can begin a comprehensive revamp of our roads for the benefit of all road users up and down the country, including cyclists.”

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Jack Cousens, head of road policy for AA, said; “Arguably the local road network is the largest and most important asset council, yet a lack of investment over many years puts drivers at risk of damage to their vehicle, but those with two wheels are at much greater personal risk.

“The Emergency Road Repair Fund of recent years has been targeted at main roads rather than residential and rural ones.

“These are what vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, use the most. The pandemic lockdown and cars parked outside homes got in the way of restarting the schedule, but now is the time to catch up. “

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