Pothole Crisis Causes Mayhem for Haulage Companies

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Haulage companies are facing mayhem on the roads as potholes make carrying out delivery work a nightmare. With an estimated 2.8 million potholes in the United Kingdom and Wales, Lyall Cresswell, Managing Director of the Transport Exchange Group (TEG) (http://www.haulageexchange.co.uk) believes that the state of Britain’s roads should be addressed.

Haulage companies are having to endure archaic conditions on Britain’s roads as the pothole situation remains unresolved in many local authorities. Last year, 1.4 million potholes were filled in England and Wales alone. However, this year’s harsher winter and the snowfall in January and February have led experts to believe that the number of potholes have at least doubled from last year’s tally.

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey stated that last year’s repairs cost the government £103m in repairs, with £30m paid out in compensation claims. This year it is believed that the bill for repairs is much higher and whilst the cost normally falls down to the local authorities, the government last week handed out emergency grants to the worst hit areas in order to eradicate the problem.

Although £100m was handed out to local authorities by the Chancellor, Lyall Cresswell believes that this amount simply won’t scrape the surface. Lyall uses the example of Leicester City Council, a popular destination for haulage companies but a place whose 500-mile road network only received £207,000.    

Although the City Council haven’t yet decided what road treatments and locations the extra funding will cover, there are plans that the money could go towards resurfacing an additional 15km of Leicester City Council’s road network. With 15km equating to just over nine miles it seems that haulage companies have a long wait until Britain’s roads are pothole free.

Nevertheless, findings from a recent RAC survey could help potholes to become a priority for the next government. The recent survey showed that 52% of people were dissatisfied with the state of the road network – the highest recorded figure in a decade. When asked which area of public spending on transport should be protected, 70% answered that road maintenance was the most important. 77% also felt that potholes were a big problem in their area.

With potholes a common problem for haulage companies and road users alike, Lyall Cresswell joins the 58% of people urging politicians in all three major political parties to make road maintenance their top priority when it comes to transport.

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