Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Recent bad weather may have long-lasting impact on United Kingdom roads

Recent bad weather may have long-lasting impact on United Kingdom roads

The RAC has warned that last week's period of extremely cold weather could result in a plague of potholes appearing in the spring.

The RAC says despite a succession of Government "Pothole Funds" the state of United Kingdom roads is still poor.

The last pothole index showed that RAC patrols attended 11 per cent more breakdowns that could be attributed to potholes in the final quarter of 2017 than in the final quarter of 2016. Unfortunately, Siberian weather was the last thing our roads needed as the freezing conditions wreak havoc with any road surface that is in bad fix.

Sam Jones, of Cycling UK, said: "We are incredibly concerned to see what is clearly a trend on the up, showing more people being killed or seriously injured while cycling, all because our roads are in a shocking state". The body is calling on the government to increase funding into local roads moving forward.

The RAC Guide to the Great British Pothole and Other Road Surface Defects lists the different types of holes, such as the Alcatraz and the Sniper along with helpful observations about their effect on the roads and drivers.

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The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) said the situation resulted from decades of under-investment in maintaining the local road network. The comments were made on National Pothole Day, which seeks to bring more awareness to the issues potholes cause road users, and to put pressure on the Government and local authorities to act and fix them.

The warning comes as the RAC publishes its Guide to the Great British Pothole and Other Road Surface Defects, written in partnership with pothole campaigner Mark Morrell. I hope this guide through a little humour might help to focus minds as the state of our roads is truly becoming a national embarrassment.

The RAC's Simon Williams added: "Potholes are without doubt a menace for drivers, and indeed for all road users, as they create a totally unnecessary road safety danger as well as costing motorists thousands of pounds in expensive repairs to their vehicles". He called for three months of local authority income from fines for parking, bus lane and yellow box offences to be diverted to road funds as an "emergency measure".

They want to do more but are trapped in an endless cycle of patching up our deteriorating network.

Research by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) past year estimated that it would cost £12bn to get roads in England and Wales into a reasonable condition.

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