David Cameron has announced plans to sell off Britain's roads to private firms in a bid to improve infrastructure.
David Cameron has announced plans to sell off Britain's motorways to improve the country's infrastructure.
The Prime Minister has proposed plans to sell Britain's infrastructure but the attraction for private firms is not immediately obvious.
The Local Government Association says today's report on the rising cost of road repairs shows the severe difficulties councils face maintaining the road network.
Keeping our roads safe is one of the most important jobs councils do and they have worked hard to fix another 2 million potholes this year despite deep funding cuts and multi-million pound compensation costs for pothole damage.
The Government has responded to our calls for extra funding to repair our roads in recent months but it is simply not enough to free councils trapped in an endless cycle of only being able to patch up our deteriorating network. This will always be more expensive than longer-term preventative work.
A new report estimates the "catch-up" cost of repairing potholes and getting the local road network back into reasonable condition has risen to £12 billion.
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The RAC warned Daybreak that hundreds of pounds worth of damage can be created by one pothole.
RAC mechanic Rory Perera said there had also been a dramatic rise in the number of breakdowns peaking at "10,000 per quarter, depending on the weather conditions".
Britain is "facing a roads crisis escalating at an alarming pace" which is exacerbated by every bout of severe weather and following years of underfunding, according to a local government campaigner.
Peter Box, the chairman of the LGA's economy and transport board, criticised the findings of a report into the UK's pothole crisis and warned:
– Peter Box
Councils have long warned that our already dilapidated road network could not cope with another extreme winter and the unprecedented recent flooding experienced across the country has left behind a trail of destruction to our highways.
One of Britain's major insurers, the AA, has hit out at a report on the depth of the pothole crisis and warned Britain's roads are "ill-prepared for the economic recovery" and "unfit for purpose".
AA president Edmund King explained:
– Edmund King
Our new data, along with the AIA Survey, shows that Britain's roads are ill-prepared for the economic recovery and unfit for purpose for many road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists.
It is unacceptable that each winter, whether it is frost or rain, our roads are crumbling and give way too easily.
Claims for personal injury or damage to a vehicle rose by 20% during 2013 in England and Wales, according to experts.
The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) also found:
- Every local council outside London were facing an extra average of 540 per claim per local council in England and 141 for every authority in Wales.
- The total cost of compensation claims due to poor road condition, including the cost of staff time spent processing them, amounted to £31.6 million across England and Wales over the last year.
- Payouts on claims accounted for only £16.6 million of this, with the remaining £15 million (up from £13 million) being staff costs incurred by local authorities processing claims.
The "catch up cost" of filling the potholes plaguing Britain's roads would be £12bn, with much of the work done to repair damaged roads undone by winter's heavy rainfall, experts have warned in a report.
Getting the roads back into a reasonable condition was thought to cost £10.5bn last year, but according to a report from the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) the cost has continued to rise to an average of £90m per local council.
The cost of restoring the roads to a reasonable condition has risen by 30% since last year, despite local councils filling more than two million potholes over the last twelve months.
This was despite a 20% decrease in the shortfall in annual road maintenance budgets reported by local authorities, with the shortfall reducing from an average of £6.2 million to £5.1 million per authority in England.
The figures were greeted with alarm by motoring groups and also by the Local Government Association (LGA) which said the country was facing a "roads crisis escalating at an alarming pace".
Data obtained by breakdown rescue service Britannia Rescue showed where some of the worst roads for potholes in the UK are.
- Holly Lane in Banstead, Surrey
- B6273 South Moor Road/Moor Lane in Barnsley, South Yorkshire
- King Lane in Leeds
Over two-thirds of drivers have admitted to putting others at risk by flouting traffic laws, according to a survey.
As many as 69% of drivers admitted to breaking the law on the road through overconfidence or complacency, the charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line found.
However, almost all - 99% - felt they were relatively safe drivers.
The survey also revealed that 35% said they broke laws because they believed they could handle the situation, while 33% admitted they did not pay enough attention while at the wheel.
The Government has scrapped plans for an 80mph motorway speed limit due to fears that the change could upset women voters, the Times (£) reports.
The Conservatives announced the speed limit proposals during the party's conference in 2011 after the Government's pledge to "end the war on motorists".
However, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the newspaper that increasing the motorway speed limit was no longer "a priority".
He added: "You would have to do trials in certain areas so it’s not something that’s a high priority.”
Downing Street are also reportedly concerned women would not welcome the new speed limit despite polls suggesting that most drivers would welcome the change.