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Pothole-riddled roads need £16bn investment, study finds

The condition of roads in England and Wales has continued to decline despite councils spending £144m filling in two million potholes this financial year.

The condition of roads in England and Wales has continued to decline despite councils spending £144m filling in two million potholes this financial year.

An annual survey carried out by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) found less than half (47%) of all local roads are reported to be in good structural condition.

The AIA estimated that the remaining 53% have less than 15 years' structural life left if measures are not taken to ensure they are well maintained.

It calculated that £16.3bn is needed to tackle the backlog of carriageway repairs and bring the network up to a standard where it can be efficiently maintained.

AIA chair Rick Green said: 'Local authorities have a bit more money to spend this year but the impact of rising costs due to inflation means they have actually been able to do less with it.'

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