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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government Investment on Fixing Potholes Twice that of UK

The amount spent on local roads per head of population in Scotland over the past five years totalled £657.61, above the UK average expenditure of just £436 per head.

At £621.46 per head, the amount spent by the SNP Scottish Government on trunk roads was almost twice the UK average of £312 per head.

In England and Wales, expenditure on fixing potholes fell by 24% last year, whereas it rose by 1.6% in Scotland.

According to a BBC report, 30% of A-roads in Scotland are either in a poor condition or require further assessment. That works out at 2,220 kilometres (1,380 miles) of road. Some 35% - or 16,500 kilometres - of minor roads were deemed in a poor condition, or earmarked for further inspection.

The worst performing local authority areas include North Ayrshire in 5th worst place.

Kenneth Gibson commented:

“People are rightly concerned at the state of Scotland’s roads. Bad weather combined with heavy volumes of traffic have taken their toll. I am heartened therefore that Scottish Ministers have taken heed of this and that there will be a 20.1% real-terms increase in Structural repair spending in 2018/19 from £27.9 million to £34 million and a 4.1% increase on Routine and Winter Maintenance from £85.1 million to £89.9 million.

“Potholes are a nightmare for drivers and cyclists alike. I am pleased that the SNP Government is spending twice as much per-capita as down south. Despite this, Tory MSPs continually criticise the SNP Government over this issue, ignoring the feeble efforts of their own UK Government.

“It will be a long time before our roads are in the condition we want them to be, however progress is being made.”



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