Highways experts say £200m pothole fund falls short

Councils have welcomed the £200 million pothole fund pledged by George Osborne this week but have said it does not go far enough to restore the condition of our roads. The fund is expected to repair an estimated 3.2 million potholes caused or worsened by the recent severe weather. 

A survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance last year found it would cost £10.5 billion to bring the roads across England and Wales up to a decent standard. The Councils surveyed also estimated a further £338 million would be needed as a result of 2012’s heavy rainfall. 

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