Scottish government accused of allowing a five-fold increase in potholes

The Scottish Government is being urged to invest more in pothole repair after releasing figures showing the number of potholes on Scotland’s major roads has increased fivefold since the SNP came to power.

The Herald Scotland newspaper says figures released in a written answer show 3,981 potholes were reported on trunk roads in 2007/8, compared to 20,988 in the last full financial year.

It adds that the Scottish Conservatives said Scotland’s streets are “plagued by potholes” and called for extra funding for road maintenance, and that research shows the Scottish Government has overseen a cut to council budgets since 2013/14.

Tory MSP Miles Briggs is quoted by the Herald as saying, “This new information reveals the stark decline in the state of Scotland’s roads under the SNP. Streets all over the country are plagued by potholes. The impact on family finances is substantial, driving up the costs of owning a car. We are calling for a £200 million Pothole Fund over the course of the Parliament so that local areas can take direct action to halt the spiralling condition of our roads under the SNP.”

(Picture – Highways News)

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