Pressure mounts on politicians to prioritise fixing potholes

The voting public has highlighted its concern with the state of the roads, with 77 percent of British adults stating that potholes and damaged roads are a major problem in their local area.

On top of this, 52 percent of those surveyed by polling experts Ipsos Mori say they are not satisfied with the levels of road maintenance in their area.

The survey was carried out for the RAC Foundation. "This starkly underlines the huge inconvenience potholes are causing the majority of the Great British public," said company director Stephen Glaister. "It leaves would-be politicians in no doubt of where voters – no matter what their political persuasion - think the next Government's transport priorities should lie."
Chancellor Alistair Darling announced in the recent budget that an extra £100m would go towards the repair of roads up and down the country - something that's sorely needed as the survey reckons that public dissatisfaction with the state of the roads is at its highest for a decade.

"In 2006 1.7 million people signed a petition calling on Tony Blair not to introduce road pricing, and eventually the Government dumped the idea," said Glaister. "Those who want to be our elected representatives ignore motorists' views at their peril."
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