Government offers £50m to fix potholes - councils say they need £11.8bn

pothole The Government have pledged £50 million to fix the pot-hole problem in England, however, the councils have got back in touch and said that they're going to need 230 times that amount, saying that the amount required to do a decent job is actually in the region of a whopping £11.8 billion.

The Department for Transport have said they're going to pay for one million potholes to be fixed in the next year.

The Local Government Association (LGA) are obviously grateful to hear this news, but said that this amount won't so much pay for the repair of the roads, but rather, we'll only see things being 'patched up', which means we're invariably going to see recurring problems in the future.

Transport spokesman Martin Tett said: "While £50m is a step in the right direction, councils need more than 230 times that amount to cover the £11.8bn cost to bring our roads up to scratch."

"The money announced today will help those councils receiving it to tackle potholes, but it would not even completely cover the cost of the £69m faced by the average authority to bring its roads up to a reasonable condition."

Of course, there's a disparity when it comes to doling out funds to the country - the South West will be seeing £8.4 million to fix their roads, while people in the North East will be getting the least amount, with £3 million.

How many pot-holes are there in your area, and how much are you getting for them to be fixed?

South West - 159,000 (£8,433,000)
South East - 157,000 (£8,334,000)
East of England - 136,000 (£7,205,000)
North West - 121,000 (£6,411,000)
West Midlands - 108,000 (£5,706,000)
East Midlands - 106,000 (£5,617,000)
Yorkshire and Humber - 98,000 (£5,219,000)
North East - 58,000 (£3,076,000)


  • Warwick H.
    Most Councils employ contractors who haven't a clue how to repair a pothole, they done one at the end of our street which consisted of throwing a shovel full of Bitmac into the pothole and driving the lorry wheel over it to compress it, no brushing the water out, no keying in, no bonding, no plate wacker, an absolute waste of time, effort and money and no highways inspector checking their work, it lasted less than a week. Complain to the Council and you get the usual "We only employ contractors with the relevant credentials" from the idiot response card.
  • Fat H.
    @ Warwick We'd be living in a fool's paradise to expect a decent repair. Couple of bogtrotters with a shovel and cold blackstuff to be sure, to be sure. HEHE

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