Tatty Tarmac a Time Bomb

Breakdown service Autonational Rescue warns that if UK roads faced more devastation with a harsh winter at the end of the year the country is facing a 'time tomb of tatty tarmac'.


The company added that current repair work did not address the real problem and called it 'cheap and cheerful' and 'patching up the problem'.


According to a company spokesperson the central government will have to do much more to support road repairs to prevent a disastrous situation from occurring.


Ronan Hart, the marketing manager at Autonational, says: "Britain's roads haven't really recovered from the damage done to them by several bad weather spells of recent winters, and dangerous potholes abound". He added that because the country was still in the grips of an economic recession, many local authorities simply did not have sufficient funds to carry out their road maintenance duties. Since they are under-funded, they tend to look the other way and ignore the problem.


Hart also said that the country's road network was one of its most important assets. He expressed the view that the government should invest in road maintenance for the next few years as a matter of high priority. This would also serve to create jobs, he said.


Autonational base their opinion on a recent report published by the Asphalt Industry Alliance. According to this report an amount of £10.65 billion will have to be spent to prevent roads in England and Wales from deteriorating further.


Author - Louise Hutchinson

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