Our roads need long-term fix

Does the government seriously think that even the vast sum of £100 million will go anywhere near to getting our road network back up to scratch?

Does anyone else think that they are rather hoping they can hand out the cash and then sit back and blame the local councils for not doing the work?

If you were listening to the transport minister Philip Hammond on the Today programme, you would be forgiven for thinking that those in power think the issue is definitely a local one.

He was adamant that they were handing out the money and if your council didn’t do the repair work then it was down to them and no-one else.

He and the motoring organisation the AA both said a long-term strategy needed to be sorted for our highways but admitted a short-term plan was more likely to be implemented as the money being spent was only the “maximum that could be afforded in the current climate”.

For goodness sake, our road structure is crumbling and every year it gets worse. No amount of pothole filling now will sort it out.

Apparently there are a lot more than 100 million potholes in Britain so a quid for each one isn’t going to go far.

Why can’t we work out how much it would cost to properly resurface all our roads as soon as possible so that the next time we get a big freeze there are no cracks to turn into potholes and po holes to turn into craters?

The chap from the AA on the radio was saying that thousands of pounds are being spent on compensation for damage to cars and bikes caused by the dodgy surfaces.

Bet you we are having to pay for that with higher premiums for our own insurance.

I personally would prefer to pay a one-off emergency extra tax to pay for the cost of total road repairs and make travelling safer for all of us.

Mind you, I guess that would mean that we would have perpetual roadworks from now until possibly the next Millennium.

Amanda Hatfield, editor.