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Councils claim 3.6m extra cars causing more potholes

Councils claim 3.6m extra cars causing more potholes

By Swansway Motor Group 12-03-2020

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Road conditions are being worsened by the 3.6 million additional new cars being driven on UK roads compared with a decade ago, councils are warning.

Due to this, the Local Government Association (LGA) called on the Government to reinvest 2p per litre of existing fuel duty – worth about £1 billion per year – in looking after local roads.

The LGA claim that if the number of extra cars licenced in 2019, compared with 2009, were lined up bumper to bumper, they would cover more than 11,000. This is equivalent to the length of Britain’s coastline.

It claimed this highlights the need for greater investment in the transport network.

David Renard, the LGA’s transport spokesman, said: “Councils need long-term funding certainty and investment so they can create safe and attractive cycling and public transport networks, and deliver a more resilient roads network.”

With the budget being announced today, the Chancellor revealed a pothole fund amounting to £2.5bn, which is said to be enough money to fill ‘50 million potholes’ according to the chancellor.

This was in addition to an additional £27bn for roads – Sunak called this “the biggest ever investment in strategic roads and motorway” spending.

Recent RAC figures suggested vehicle breakdowns caused by potholes increased by a fifth year-on-year during the last three months of 2019.

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