Survey shows costs to fix damaged roads

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FIXING the nation’s damaged roads will cost £12bn and take 12 years, according to the latest figures.

The national survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) looked at authorities across the country, of which 75 per cent responded.

As well as the costs to fix potholes, the survey looked at how much money has been allocated to each authority to fix the damaged roads.

Included in those figures was Hampshire County Council, which has been allocated £11,509,673.

As previously reported in The News, the council’s executive member for transport Cllr Seán Woodward estimated that it will cost between £25m and £36m to fix the county’s 5,280 miles of road.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘We are delighted to get the award. It is the second largest in the country and we need to spend it by August.

‘We have around 100 gangs working full time on repairing the weather damaged roads, We are probably going to have to bring in more to get all the work done in time.’

An additional £200m fund for England, Scotland and Wales was announced by central government in the 2014 budget, which the council is currently in the process for.