The worst winter weather and the cash cuts have severely affected the conditions of roads in Scotland this time. Scotland have had the worst winter this year in 30 years. The motoring groups and politicians have warned nearly fifth of carriageways in some areas are in urgent need of repair.
The state of 36 per cent of the routes was classed as either “urgent” or as deteriorating so fast that they will need to be repaired within the next two or three years.
There is another worry spreading as the major public spending cuts will further worsen the massive road repairs backlog, with an extra £45 million a year required just to stop the situation getting worse. Compensation claims from motorists for damage caused by potholes has also soared, putting further pressure on cash-strapped councils.
If the delay in patching up the potholes continues, the maintenance load will only increase and work will become costlier, more complex and more disruptive. Some experts have opinionated that the delay can affect the nation’s prosperity since Scotland’s road network is an essential utility in bringing tourists to the country.