Response to the Budget announcement of making £2.5 billion available to repair 50 million potholes
Comment from Neil Worth, road safety officer at GEM Motoring Assist:
“We are delighted that the Chancellor is willing to pour £2.5 billion into potholes over the next five years. Potholes are a national disgrace, and have been allowed to proliferate all over the country, leaving so many stretches of road in a truly dangerous state.
“Road maintenance programmes have rolled out too slowly. Potholes are a danger to all road users, and they cause damage. Car suspensions are jarred, motorbike and bicycle wheels buckle, riders can be thrown to the ground, while pedestrians risk injury from tripping over. No wonder potholes have become such a scourge.
“We would like to see action taken immediately that will give national highways agencies and local authorities the means to ramp up their programme of pothole repairs.
“We also want to ensure contractors work swiftly and smartly to make good the damage caused by potholes. This means fixing all the potholes in a specified area all at once, not selecting a few then coming back again and again to fix others.
“It is therefore encouraging to see that the UK government is willing to make this significant investment. Let there be no delay in improving the state of our roads.”
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