MSP comments on state of our roads
May 17, 2013
Commenting after hearing that the Accounts Commission update report on the state of our roads from the initial report two years ago, have not yet led to any significant improvements, Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP David Stewart said,
“Back in March 2013 I said potholes in our roads are a real problem for all road users not just the motorist.
“Recent studies have shown that our roads are in the worst condition they ever have been and are similar to that of third world countries.
”No one seems to mention the road safety perspective.
“How many collisions have been caused by pot holes in our roads or by vehicles swerving to avoid them.
“What price do you put on injuries or fatalities to the individual caused by pot holes or as a direct result of pot holes?
“These are issues which need to be addressed and with the Government continuing to freeze the Council Tax.
"It has to accept that this has to be seen as a contributory factor to the poor state of our highways”.
He went on to say, “I will be writing to the Government to ask what action they are taking to deal with this matter more effectively”.
The Accounts Commission urged changes in 2011 to tackle road conditions and improve value for money in maintenance.
But the percentage of roads in acceptable condition has increased only marginally since then, it has found.
Cosla said councils continued to invest in roads despite declining budgets.
The Accounts Commission update report found that the percentage of acceptable roads has increased from 66.1% in 2009-10 to 66.7% in 2011-12.
This was despite roads maintenance spending being reduced from £492m in 2009-10 to about £400m in 2010-11