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Potholes Cost UK £10.5bn

Potholes Cost UK £10.5bn

According to the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey, one in five UK roads now have a life expectancy of less than five years.

It is reported that hard winters and the tightening of local authorities budgets is to blame for the problem.

Despite 2.2million potholes being repaired in 2012, the survey concludes that a further £10.5bn would be required to get British roads back in a reasonable condition.

Of course poor road surfaces have a knock on effect to vehicles too, and repairers are seeing an increase in pothole related issues. Paul Taylor, fleet manager at Morgan Sindall, is quoted as saying: “It’s pretty much the kind of damage you’d expect: tyres, suspension, steering tracking etc with the occasional stone chip to the windscreen.”

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