LGA responds to RAC report on pothole damage

“Despite the pandemic, councils have been working hard to fix potholes and repair road surfaces as well as supporting the increase in cycling infrastructure through temporary road measures."


Pothole in the rain

Responding to a report by the RAC about the damage caused to vehicles due to potholes between April and June, Cllr David Renard, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, said:

“Fixing our roads is a top priority for councils.

“Despite the pandemic, councils have been working hard to fix potholes and repair road surfaces as well as supporting the increase in cycling infrastructure through temporary road measures.

“Extra government funding has helped but our local roads are deteriorating at a faster rate than can be repaired by councils. It would cost more than £11 billion to clear our current roads repair backlog.

“With devolved infrastructure and transport budgets and long-term funding, councils can improve our roads and deliver the infrastructure improvements that allow people to move around in less carbon intensive and more sustainable ways.”