24,000 miles of UK roads need essential maintenance
More than 24,400 miles of local roads require essential maintenance, according to a survey produced by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA).
To repair all the roads, AIS predicts it would take 14 years and cost billions of pounds.
Rick Green, Chairman of the AIA, said:
“Although local authorities report an increase in average highway maintenance budgets this year, looking back over the last decade they have barely kept in line with inflation. This is reflected in road condition, with one in five of our local roads now classed as structurally poor.”
The AIA also reported that this year local authorities in England and Wales faced a total shortfall of £556 million to maintain roads.