If the British public votes Labour into power on May 7, the party promises to repair 24m potholes, setting aside £300m for the work

Labour is pledging to repair 24 million potholes if it is elected into power on May 7, with a dedicated fund of £300m to undertake works.

The Birmingham Mail reports that a Labour government plans to deal with the growing crisis on our roads, which endangers all road users and can cause substantial damage to both cars and bikes.

The Department for Transport estimates the average cost of repairing a pothole is £53, with the £300m being used to fix six million potholes, reportedly bringing the total to 24m over five years.

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Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, Michael Dugher, said: “Under David Cameron, our local roads have been totally neglected and have been allowed to deteriorate to a desperate state of disrepair. This is costing motorists and is a danger to all road users, including cyclists.

“Hard-pressed road users have quite rightly had enough of having their vehicles and bikes damaged because of Britain’s pothole crisis.”

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He added: “The Tories and Lib Dems have set out plans that will see spending on our local roads fall over the next Parliament.

“Labour has a better plan to fix PotholeBritain – we will boost spending on local roads over the next five years. The extra investment, which is fully funded, will mean we’ll be able to fill in six million extra potholes.”

  • Montyman

    Sounds good to me, councils have been slaughtered financially by the Coalition.

  • David Chadderton

    Oh come off it. Paris Roubaix racers would not complain about that Tarmac road and and a few cracks. That’s smooth. Get a mountain bike with knobbly tyres if your route is really rough, I do.

  • Resurfacing is whats needed. Filling a pothole is a short term fix IMO

  • Dave Johnstone

    “Hard-pressed motorists”? “Pot-hole crisis”?! Expand your vocabulary please Labour, it’s getting VERY tedious. The roads are pretty bad where I live so I can fully identify with the issue but even so I find Michael Dugher’s words very irritating. Levels of food bank usage could be called a crisis, potholes…. not so much.

  • Steve T

    Great news, that’s all of Stroud’s potholes fixed. Hopefully there will some money left over for the rest of the country.