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£95m to repair our ‘crumbling roads’
It would cost £95 million and take 11 years to repair pothole damage on Bradford’s ‘crumbling roads’, according to a new survey.
A report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) said the figure was the average sum councils across Yorkshire said they would need to bring their roads up to scratch and revealed last year’s flood damage added £24m to their road repairs’ bill.
The Telegraph & Argus earlier this month reported how Bradford Council was to invest half a million pounds into bringing the city’s broken roads up to scratch as new figures revealed it spent £215,000 repairing 6,159 potholes across the district last year.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed Bradford Council made more repairs and spent more money on the problem in 2012 than it did the year before, despite receiving fewer complaints from residents.
Last year, the number of complaints fell to 1,453. The amount for the repair of each pothole came to around £40.
The AIA has called for longer-term funding for preventative work that would reduce the need for repair jobs.
Alan Mackenzie, chairman of the AIA, said: “It’s time to stop the rot. The Government needs to make sufficient funding available now that will enable local authorities to get their roads back into a condition that will quickly and directly boost the economy, help businesses and improve local communities.”
He spoke as results of a separate survey by the AA revealed its members had branded Yorkshire’s road surfaces as the worst in the country, with 34 per cent of drivers in the region saying they had suffered damage to their vehicles as a result of potholes in the last two years.
Edmund King, AA president, said: “This spring, our patrols are telling us that potholes are popping up faster than daffodils.
“This reflects the effects of very wet and frosty weather on poor road surfaces. Our findings are deeply worrying and show that UK drivers are once again experiencing a bad pothole season after a lull last spring – perhaps with worse to come.”