You can always tell when a General Election is coming as governments begin to promise to deliver on the things they promised 4 years previously. Example one; potholes, which are endangering the lives of cyclists and e-scooter users, as well as causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to vehicles.
The government announced yesterday that some £8billion would be allocated to repairing the moonscape UK roads network. Sounds good. But it’s actually only £150 million next year, the rest will be doled out like thin porridge until 2034. Of course a change of government next December would render all pothole projections meaningless.
Read more on the pie-in-the-sky Govt road repair spending policy here if you like.
Commenting on this morning’s Government announcement, RAC head of policy Simon Williams said:
“Drivers’ biggest bugbear of all is the poor condition of local roads, so the fact the Government has found a significant additional pot of revenue should give councils the certainty of funding they need to plan proper long-term road maintenance, something we have been calling for many years. We hope local authorities will use the money in the most effective way possible by resurfacing the very worst roads, keeping those in reasonable condition in better states for longer through surface dressing, and filling potholes as permanently as possible wherever necessary.
“This should in time go a considerable way to bringing our roads back to a fit-for-purpose state and saving drivers hundreds of pounds in the process from not having to fork out for frustrating repairs to their vehicles.”