Welsh councils need to spend £36 million a year to fix roads but investment is still falling short. There is a £2.8 million average funding shortfall per authority according to the annual ALARM survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA). There are also big discrepancies between local authorities. Some have the equivalent of £22,200 per mile while others have just £3,400. For the second year in a row, local authorities’ highways maintenance budgets have increased by almost 20% and the report shows early signs that the extra money is halting future decline. But local authorities say the amount they have to spend to carry out one time fixes continues to rise. Last year 52,682 potholes were filled in Wales but it would take 8 years to catch up on the backlog. The AIA says there needs to be a sustained investment equivalent to an extra £1.5 billion per year for ten years to bring the road network up to scratch.
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