Severe deterioration of Scotland’s roads highlighted in AA survey

Severe deterioration of Scotland’s roads highlighted in AA survey

More than half (51 per cent) of drivers in Scotland rate residential streets as ‘poor’, according to a new survey published by the AA.

This is up from just over a third (36 per cent) 12 months ago.

Additionally, two in three respondents (67 per cent) think Britain’s roads have ‘considerably deteriorated’ over the last decade.

The AA has responded to the survey’s findings by piling pressure on transport secretary Chris Grayling to fix up UK roads and resurface streets following his admission to the Times that the government “probably haven’t spent enough on roads in this country since the 1980s”.

Edmund King, AA president, said his organisation is constantly being bombarded with complaints from drivers and cyclists bemoaning the state of roads across the UK.

“It is clear that despite all the talk from central and local government, not enough is being done to fix our increasingly dangerous streets,” he commented.

“Our potholed roads are in a perilous state. AA breakdown operations are rescuing record numbers of drivers whose tyres or wheels are damaged by potholes.”

He added that without proper investment on local roads, highway authorities were simply “papering over the cracks”.

Mr King conceded that the £9 billion required to fix Britain’s roads could not be found overnight, so instead called on the treasury to maintain the freeze on fuel duty.

He also suggested that 2p from every litre of fuel duty collected be ring-fenced to create a £1 billion pothole fund.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “It’s no secret that Scotland’s roads have taken a beating over the harsh winter, and the AA’s survey reflects the severe deterioration witness over a single year.”