Councils to disown potholed roads in order to avoid costly repairs

Councils to disown potholed roads in order to avoid costly repairs
Councils to disown potholed roads in order to avoid costly repairs

Councils are considering reclassifying damaged roads and crumbling country lanes as byways in order to shirk responsibility for upkeep and repairs.

An investigation by the Sunday Times has revealed that highways officers at some cash-strapped authorities have discussed downgrading certain rarely used rural roads to "green lanes" or off-road "cart tracks".