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24,000 miles of local roads need to be repaired

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24,000 miles of local roads in England and Wales need to be repaired in the next 12 months but underfunding has caused a backlog, warns a report.

An ageing network, decades of underfunding, increased traffic as well as harsh weather conditions are all factors, says a report by the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance.

It warns it could impact the economy with underfunding causing a backlog of road maintenance.

Local authority highway departments report it would take 14 years, with adequate resources and funding, to get roads back into a steady state.

71
average number of years it would take before a road is resurfaced in Wales.
£27.4m
estimated one time cost to get repair roads to a reasonable conditions.
24
number of years needed to clear the backlog across local authorities in Wales.
131,500
potholes filled in Wales.
£3.1m
average annual carriageway maintenance budget shortfall in Wales.

Despite the Department for Transport's funding for local road maintenance at the highest it's been over a decade, around £1.2 billion a year, and a further £1bn form council reserves and borrowing - the total spend still falls short of the amount needed to halt the decline.