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On the road to nowhere, as highway maintenance suffers more cuts

Today (25 October), the National Audit Office (NAO) has made for not only uncomfortable reading, but for many more uncomfortable car journeys too.

We’re afraid it’s bad news for the quality of Britain’s highways, with the condition of UK roads set to become even worse over the next few years. The question on everyone’s lips is how and why this has been made possible when the problem is right under our noses (or should we say tyres)? It’s clear urgent improvement is needed.

The reason for the deterioration, as you can probably guess, is because more cuts have been made to local authority budgets. This means less funding available for other areas of local government and spending on routine highways maintenance is one of the areas set to fall drastically –as will we, down a pothole most probably.

In its report, the NAO states that grants from the Department for Communities and Local Government will fall by 28 percent over the period up to 2014-15. In regard to transport, this will also include scrapping payments made to bus operators reimbursing concessionary fares, including for the over 60s.

Local authorities say the slash on transport spending is down to ‘’prioritising’’, a term we’re sure many people would disagree with.

A suggestion by the Department for Transport to devolve bus funding and some responsibilities for rail services to councils is also very unclear to us. Whatever decision is made, it needs to be done quickly as something needs to change!


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