Long accusing government of throwing money into a hole, critics can now actually say it with accuracy. The administration has announced it will LITERALLY THROW MONEY INTO A HOLE IN THE GROUND. Or in fact, many holes.
In this week’s budget, Chancellor George Osborne declared he would make £200 million available to local authorities to repair their roads.
While it’s a welcome move, we’re not entirely sure £200 million will be enough to fix Britain’s godawful roads.
The RAC agrees. Professor Stephen Glaister, RAC director, says the £200 million isn’t nearly enough; no, our road maintenance backlog stretches to some £10.5 billion worth of repair. Which means the cash will go less than two per cent of the way to addressing the problem.
To give you some idea of the scale of the problem, a company called Trusted Dealers has pulled together some stats on potholes. Read on for some holey research…