Potholes are often fixed up with a “patch and dash” approach rather than effective long-term solutions which often fails to fix the problems, said experts. The RAC says cash-strapped local councils only prove short-term solutions to the issues which are often opened up again during further bouts of bad weather.
The recovery group has urged the government to commit to a funding scheme to fix the UK road networks which have been badly damaged by cold weather.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, RAC head of roads policy said: “Periods of wet and cold weather negatively impact on the quality of the road surface.
“Unfortunately many cash-strapped councils will also take a ‘patch and dash’ approach to surface maintenance where they simply fill in a pothole rather than fix the underlying structural defect.
“This causes recently filled-in potholes to once up again, particularly during wet and cold weather.”
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council pays out over £217,000 in repairs while Northampton spent just under £215,000 between 2018 and 2019.
Motoring experts have now urged councils to invest in a long-term solution to mend roads and fix the damage.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Nicholas Lyes added: “Simply filling in potholes provides only a short term respite and is often a false economy, which is why we encourage the Government to commit to a long-term funding solution to mend our local roads.”
Experts at Zurich and CEBR have predicted the number of potholes could increase by 16 percent over the next evade unless government funding is increased.
An extra 90,000 potholes would be seen on UK roads by 2030 which would create a higher safety risk for motorists.
Rod Penman, Head of Public Services at Zurich UK said: “Potholes are the symptom of a much wider and deep-rooted issue.
“It’s been getting worse simply because government funding and council resources have not been sufficient enough to cope with the magnitude of the issue.”
The Conservatives pledged £2billion to tackle road damage as part of a special pothole fund in their manifesto.
It comes after estimates revealed it would cost £9billion to fix the backlog in road maintenance after councils diverted funds elsewhere.
Figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) has also revealed 7.8million potholes could have been repaired if cutbacks to council budgets were not made in 2010.
The LGA said councils were fixing holes on average every 17 seconds but needed extra funding to help tackle the issue.
Motorists can make a pothole claim to local councils by simply providing details and evidence of the damage caused.
Local authorities will then decide whether or not to pay out for all or part of the damages.
Published at Tue, 03 Mar 2020 13:36:00 +0000