Our Highways are in significant need of government investment, I want to work with government to repair our roads to the standard that is required and the people of Doncaster deserve.
We have had a wet and cold winter, which has only increased the number of pot-holes.
Potholes are generally the first stage of structural failure to the road.
We have over £150mil of highways works awaiting funding. For 2021 / 22 government gave us £5 million, through other pots of funding we have got this up to £10 million, this leaves a shortfall of £140 million, meaning that we will be able to keep on top of the potholes but not able to address the large list of maintenance works that are required.
People may question how this is the case and we continue to invest in active travel and cycle lanes, this is due to us bidding for these funds, which are limited to what the funding can be spent on.
Potholes and highways repairs are needed across the country, with the the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), quoting it would cost more than £11bn to get the UK roads back into a reasonable condition, and would take 11 years to clear the maintenance backlog if councils had the funding to do so. Government have so far promised £2.6bn over a fiver year period, which is a start, but is significantly less than is required. Unfortunately, the poor state of our roads is due to continued underinvestment by government following ten years of Austerity.
Government needs to think big and provide the funding that is needed to properly fix our roads, to provide real improvements for the people of Doncaster.
The Conservative-led County Councils Network (CCN) accused the government of breaking its promises – as research showed a repairs backlog is leaving holes on roads for up to four months.
Cllr Lewis, a Conservative and the Economic Growth and Industrial Strategy Spokesman said tackling the road repairs backlog was “crucial to levelling up”, Boris Johnson’s election-winning slogan.
“Councils are already facing unfunded additional costs from contractual arrangements due to the pandemic, while reducing planned works will negatively impact local employment and the economic recovery,” he warned