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Potholed roads reaching crisis point'

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Decades of underfunding and severe winter weather have left many councils struggling to do more than just patch up Britain's worsening roads, transport bosses have claimed.

They say pothole damage caused by bad weather, which can contribute to mechanical breakdown, as well as funding cuts, have taken our roads to crisis point and are calling on the Government to make money available for urgently needed resurfacing work.

The Local Government Association (LGA) says any further cuts or another severe winter could prove "catastrophic" for the UK's road network and make it all but impossible for councils to cope with the required repairs.

The LGA's economy and transport board chairman, Councillor Peter Box, said demand had been outstripping Government funding for repairs for decades.

He added that flooding and severe winter weather had worsened the condition of roads, adding that local authorities were also having to cope with big funding cuts and massive compensation pay-outs for pothole-related incidents.

published: 22/11/2012 17:00:01

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