Budget 2018: Local councils given £420m to fix potholes

In October’s budget announcement, Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed local councils across England would be given an additional £420 million to fix the country’s pothole riddled roads.

In what is being hailed “the biggest ever cash injection” for England’s roads, Hammond has confirmed a £28.8 billion fund has been established to upgrade and maintain the UK’s motorways and other major roads.

As part of the same announcement, Hammond revealed a further £420 million would be given to local councils to “fix potholes and carry out other repairs after a harsh winter followed by a scorching summer took its toll on the local road system.”

Whilst this much-needed funding will certainly help repair our crumbling road network, is it enough? In March 2018 Rick Green, Chairman of the Asphalt Industry Alliance stated that “more than £8 billion would be needed for a one-time fix of potholes” and with the RAC reporting that drivers breaking down after hitting a pothole has reached a three year high, we have to ask, is this funding enough to repair the backlog of potholes plaguing our roads?

One way to help budgets stretch further is to only use pothole repair materials that are proven to provide first time permanent repairs and UltraCrete Tough Patch® Rapid has been designed to do just that.

Tough Patch® Rapid hybrid pothole repair has been rigorously and thoroughly tested and is proven to provide a first time permanent repair, eliminating costly repeat visits to the same site and helping budgets stretch further.

Quick and easy to apply, Tough Patch® Rapid can be used to repair defects in pavements, driveways, car parks and on high speed roads – it even provides a permanent repair in wheel turning locations such as junctions, traffic lights and roundabouts.

Ready to use straight from the bag or bucket, Tough Patch® Rapid requires no special preparation and can be trafficked immediately, meaning costly traffic management can be removed swiftly, keeping costs to a minimum, and allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly, increasing productivity.

Tough Patch® Rapid is just one of the many first time permanent cold lay asphalts available from UltraCrete. Every product in their world renowned range have been independently tested by a third party, can be applied in all weathers and are available in 25kg buckets or bags.

For further information on how UltraCrete can help your road repair budgets stretch further, or for additional product information, please contact UltraCrete’s team of experts by emailing potholes@instarmac.co.uk or by calling 01827 254402.

 

Source: ITV News, BBC News