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Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers is supporting the first ever National Pothole Day, 15 January 2015, by calling on the Government to fix broken roads in Sutton and Cheam.
It is estimated that a third of local roads are in urgent need of attention. Department of Transport Statistics show that since 2010 an additional 2,262 miles of local roads require maintenance work – further than going from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again.
The Coalition Government cut the road maintenance budget by £1.2 billion in 2010, a decision which has been called “ludicrous” by the Public Accounts Committee. Despite claims of record investment in local road maintenance from 2015, Labour’s research reveals that pothole funding will decline in real terms by 2020.
Ms Brothers is pressing the Government to prioritise fixing roads and is supporting the ‘Street Repairs’ App – which will help people in Sutton and Cheam to report pothole problems to the local council. She said:
“Local people are quite rightly fed up with the battered roads in Sutton and Cheam. Potholes cause congestion, risk road safety and cause misery for motorists, cyclists and all road users.
“Ministers are misleading people about pothole money. The reality is that the Conservative and Liberal Democrats Government have cut billions from road maintenance budgets and funding is set to decrease.
“That’s why I’m supporting National Pothole Day and calling on my constituents to use new Street Repairs App to report road maintenance problems in Sutton and Cheam. It is time for Coalition partners to listen and fixed our broken roads.”
Richard Burden MP, Labour’s Shadow Roads Minister said:
“Britain faces a national pothole epidemic. The public’s dissatisfaction with the state of our roads is at a record high but Tory Ministers are more bothered about a top-down reorganisation of the Highways Agency which looks after just 2% of UK roads.
“They are also conning the public about what they are doing about pothole Britain. Budgets for local road maintenance have been savaged and in real terms will be lower in 2020 that they were five years ago. It is time the Government sorted their priorities out.”

National Pothole Day
The first National Pothole Day, on Thursday 15 January 2015, aims to raise public awareness about the pothole problem in Britain. It is being organised by Street Repairs, who have developed an app which acts enables the public to report information about potholes and road maintenance problems.

Local Road Maintenance
The National Audit Office report on ‘Reducing Costs in the Department for Transport’ showed that the Government planned to cut roads maintenance spending by £1.2 billion from 2010/11 – 2014/15.

The Institute of Civil Engineers State of the Infrastructure Survey in 2014 stated that a third of local roads are in urgent need of attention.

Parliamentary Questions reveal that the Government’s commitment of £6 billion to local highways authorities from 2015-2021 (£976 million a year) will be a real terms decline in local road maintenance spending. Spending was £920 million in 2010 and will be £865 million a year in 2020.


DfT surveys show that while 91 per cent of the public are happy with the current upkeep of the strategic road network, only 30 per cent are for local roads.
NAO, Maintaining Strategic Roads Infrastructure: Roads, http://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Maintaining-Strategic-Infrastructure-Roads.pdf

6 June 2014

Street Repairs App
Street Repairs is an independent app which seeks to make the process of reporting road and community defects much easier, by providing a single point of contact through which people can submit a problem to their local authority in real time. Smartphone technology enables people to attach photographs and give a detailed description of the road problem in their community. http://streetrepairs.co.uk/

Highways Agency Reforms
The Government’s Infrastructure Bill, which is currently concluding Committee Stage in Parliament, proposes to reform the Highways Agency into a government owned company responsible for the construction, management and maintenance of 2% of Britain’s roads – the strategic road network. Labour have criticised the Bill for ignoring the problems facing local roads, and have proposed amendments to increase priority of local roads in infrastructure planning and investment in the future.



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