Budget pothole fund not enough
In the recent budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the cash injection for our beleaguered roads, alongside a £28.8bn fund to upgrade England's motorways.
Philip announced £25.5bn for Highways England for major road upgrades between 2020 and 2025 and an extra £3.5bn of funding allocated to major local routes, under the jurisdiction of local councils. The £420m for potholes is on top of an existing fund of almost £300m.
However just three months ago IAM RoadSmart conducted a survey of over 7,000 of its members, finding how disillusioned they had become with Britain's rotten roads.
Some 47% - over 3,400 respondents – said they had experienced damage to their car, commercial vehicle, motorbike or bicycle or personal injury as a result of hitting a pothole.
Around 90% had spotted a deterioration of some level in the roads they use with just over 50% rating the state of their roads as 'much worse' in the past three years and 38% rating them 'worse.'
Some 81% - close to 6,000 people – said they have noticed 'many more' potholes in the past three years, adding in the 13% who have seen 'a few more,' that gives a total of 94% who report more potholes.
Over 56% said they have to take avoiding action on every journey to dodge potholes, while 27% said they have to steer around a pothole every day.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said, 'IAM RoadSmart welcomes the commitments to building more modern safe highways. What we really need to see however is the same long-term funding approach applied to potholes.
'Extra money is always welcome but when it arrives unpredictably for one year at a time it does little to help the long term planning needed to really attack the pothole problems drivers and riders see and feel every day.'