£100 million towards road improvements

The Road Haulage Association welcomes the news that Government is to make a further £100 million available to councils across the UK to repair potholes and other damage caused by recent extreme weather conditions.

‘This news is good for all road users but mainly road transport operators,’ said chief executive Richard Burnett. ‘Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says that people rely on good roads to get to work and to see friends or family.

‘We understand that the money will help repair almost 2 million potholes. The cost to road hauliers for repairs to damaged suspension systems and increased tyre wear for example, is already considerable.

‘Local councils must acknowledge that the problem extends well beyond the main roads. Many distribution centres are based on large industrial estates for which the access roads are not part of the strategic road network. The need for these side roads to be maintained is equally important in maintaining the viability of local businesses and the regional economy.’