It is estimated that a third of local roads are in urgent need of attention, and Department of Transport Statistics show that since 2010 an additional 2,262 miles of local roads require maintenance work – further than going from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again.
The Government cut the road maintenance budget by £1.2 billion in 2010, a decision which has been called “ludicrous” by the Public Accounts Committee. Despite claims of record investment in local road maintenance from 2015, Labour’s research reveals that pothole funding will decline in real terms by 2020.
Andrew Gwynne MP is pressing the Government to prioritise fixing roads and is supporting the ‘Street Repairs’ App – which will help people in his Denton and Reddish constituency to report pothole problems to the local council.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Local people are quite rightly fed up with the battered roads in Tameside and Stockport. Potholes cause congestion, risk road safety and cause misery for motorists, cyclists and all road users.
“Ministers are misleading people about pothole money. The reality is that the Conservative led-Government have cut billions from road maintenance budgets and funding is set to decrease.
“That’s why I’m supporting National Pothole Day and calling on my constituents to use new Street Repairs App to report road maintenance problems in Denton and Reddish. It is time the Conservative-led Government listened and fixed our broken roads.”
Richard Burden MP, Labour’s Shadow Roads Minister said:
“Britain faces a national pothole epidemic. The public’s dissatisfaction with the state of our roads is at a record high but Tory Ministers are more bothered about a top-down reorganisation of the Highways Agency which looks after just 2% of UK roads.
“They are also conning the public about what they are doing about pothole Britain. Budgets for local road maintenance have been savaged and in real terms will be lower in 2020 that they were five years ago. It is time the Government sorted their priorities out.”