£95m cost of repairing potholes revealed

Couns Jim Kenyon and Stan Wilson inspect potholes in Hemsworth last year
Couns Jim Kenyon and Stan Wilson inspect potholes in Hemsworth last year

The cost of repairing crumbling roads across the district has been revealed in a shocking survey.

Figures released by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) put the cost of repairing all the district’s potholes at £95,378,947, which is the average cost for each council in Yorkshire and Humberside.

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (Alarm) survey, also showed it would take an average of 11 years to clear the backlog.

AIA chairman Alan Mackenzie said: “Constantly having to patch up crumbling roads, rather than using highway engineers’ skills properly, to ensure good road condition in a planned and cost effective way, is nonsensical and costly.”

Wakefield Council bosses put the actual cost of clearing the pothole backlog at £48m over 10 years.

But Graham West, highways network, service manager, said weather had delayed repairs which were due to be finished by the end of this month.

He said: “We fully understand residents’ frustrations but are working as quickly as we can and can reassure them that all the works identified in the programme will still be completed.”