88% Of Drivers Think Roads Have Worsened Over Decade

The state of British roads has declined over the last ten years, according to the majority of UK drivers.

Car insurance provider AA has revealed 88 per cent of motorists think roads are worse than they were a decade ago, and 67 per cent claim they have ‘considerably deteriorated’ during this time.

In March earlier this year, 42 per cent of drivers thought residential streets were in a ‘poor’ state, which is higher than the 34 per cent who thought this a year ago.

President of AA Edmund King said: “It is clear that despite all the talk from central and local government, not enough is being done to fix our increasingly dangerous streets.”

He added that roads with potholes are “in a perilous state”, and many drivers have had their vehicles – including hired vans in Reading – damaged by the depressions.

Mr King stated the government has not invested enough money into local roads, which has resulted in highway authorities “doing little more than papering over the cracks”.

This has led the AA to launch its #FlagitFunditFillit campaign, which encourages motorists to take photos of potholes they encounter and post them on social media, tagging the highway authority responsible for the road and the Department for Transport.

It hopes that by showing the scale of the problem, the organisations will have to take notice and, eventually, action to amend the situation.

In March 2018, Chris Grayling, the secretary of state for Transport, said £100 million will be spent on road repairs to fix the nearly two million potholes around the UK, BBC reported.

This is in addition to the £75 million councils have already received this year from a ‘Pothole Action Fund’.

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