Dated: 24 January 2011
Potholes Cause Misery for Scottish Motorists
A new report has been released by one of the countries leading breakdown repair companies – the AA. In this report, it is claimed that the roads most affected by potholes over the past twelve months are in Scotland.
Worryingly, the research was conducted before the recent cold snap. This means things are now undoubtedly worse than suggested.
The timing of the report could not have come at a more fitting time. It was just days after the announcement that local councils were going to receive no more than £15 million extra to combat the damage caused by the winter weather – this led to many angry outcries from councillors as the average expected cost of repairs is believed to be in £120 million bracket.
President of the AA, Edmund King, was quoted in the Scotsman newspaper as saying, "This pothole plague will get worse as the winter progresses. We shall share the results with local highway authorities to support our campaign for more investment in local streets and paths.
"Neglect of these areas has a significant impact on how people feel about where they live."
Opposition to the current leaders of the Scottish Government have used this new report as a way to question the SNP’s handling of the situation.
In another quote in the Scotsman newspaper, Liberal Democrat transport spokeswoman Alison McInnes said: "It's no real surprise the AA's Streetwatch has highlighted Scotland's roads are the most potholed. As sure as night follows day, potholes are a consequence of the snow and icy weather and we have had that in abundance this year. Councils will now face a hefty bill to patch up the network.