Potholes come and go or remain, but now – Groundhog Day –the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) surveys show that, during the past decade, cash-strapped local authorities have spent more than £1 billion on just filling in potholes.

Short-term cash injections do little to tackle the vicious circle local authority highway teams are in –the need to mend potholes on failing roads prevents funds being used for planned, proactive road maintenance that could help prevent potholes forming in the first place.

The AIA advocates that a longer-term funding commitment to local roads would enable hard-pressed local authorities to invest to save, so that local roads can be brought up to target conditions allowing them to be maintained in a cost-effective way.

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