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Britain’s pothole shame with crumbling roads costing £14.4bn a year | Politics | News

Britain’s pothole shame with crumbling roads costing £14.4bn a year | Politics | News

Pothole-plagued roads cost £14.4 billion a year in economic damage, new analysis reveals. Damage, accidents, time wasted and higher emissions have driven up the bill, according to leading economists. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) says the problem is now so bad that England’s crumbling roads are worse than in Russia and Kazakhstan. It says the crisis has been mainly caused by reduced spending on road maintenance. English local authorities’ spending on “routine maintenance” fell in real terms by 27% from £1.8 million in 2006 to £1.3 million in 2023. Analysts found that spending on “highways maintenance policy, planning and strategy” – local authority staff – rose by 28.2% over the same period. Part of the problem, they say, is the use of cheap fillers by private contractors to fill potholes which “gets ripped out the first time a bus or a heavy lorry drives over it”. The private contractors can then get paid a second time to fill the pothole their own filler has created. Despite the increased number of potholes, the …