Norman Baker calls for action against potholes ‘misery’

10th April 2012

Local transport minister Norman Baker has called for action against the ongoing spate of potholes seen across the UK road network.

The comments follow the publication of a review commissioned by Mr Baker, examining how the government must go about tackling this problem.

Potholes cause millions of pounds worth of damage to car bodywork, engine parts and tyres every year.

The newly released Pothole Review identifies the best methods for fixing potholes and offers advice on how to prevent them from appearing.

Part of this focus called for better clarity of information to the public, in order for them to understand what is being done and how it is being done.

“We all know the misery that potholes can cause to highway users and local communities and the recent series of harsh winters has only served to intensify the situation," Mr Baker said.

“We’ve given £3 billion to councils for road maintenance over the next four years but money can only go so far and the old adage rings true: prevention is indeed better than cure."

The report represents a cornerstone of the Coalition Government's cap down  £6 million Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme.

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