Results of under-invested road network now showing
by Helen Jackson |
posted 01 February 2018
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has given its full support to the RAC’s report that links vehicle breakdowns to potholes.
RHA chief executive Richard Burnett comments on RAC's report:
“Pothole-related breakdowns are bad news for all road users. However, the cost to road hauliers, in particular, is considerable.”
Up and down the country on a daily basis, thousands of deliveries and collections are made. These are made from distribution centres and manufacturers located at out of town trading estates. Yet because of financial constraints, it is often 'side roads' that are not at the top of council repair lists. The damage caused to HGVs, in particular to their suspension systems, can be considerable.
“These side roads must be included in any plans to improve the strategic road network. In addition, the news that nearly 3,500 council-owned bridges are reported to be in a state of disrepair clearly demonstrates that funding for road improvement schemes should be more wide-ranging.”
Burnett points out that for years the road network has suffered from under-investment in towns and cities. But it is now that we are facing the consequences. Poorly maintained roads are bad for road users, bad for communities and bad for business.
“We call on the Government to reverse this culture of neglect and do what it takes to improve the roads our economy relies on.”