Bin lorries to get cameras to spot potholes in the making

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Bin lorries will be fitted with cameras in a bid to help councils spot potential potholes before they become a problem.

The Department for Transport claimed the set-up would revolutionise the way the issue was dealt with, saying that the system comprised 'high-definition cameras, an integrated navigation system and intelligent software'.

The idea behind the new scheme is to spot cracks in the road surface and repair them before they become a pothole.

However, council bosses warned that although the camera systems would be good for prevention, they won't help fix the millions of potholes that already blight British roads.

They claim that the current backlog would take 14 years to fill in unless £1 billion is invested to tackle the problem. Instead, ministers have allocated £70 million to repair 1.3 million potholes.

Martin Tett, transport spokesman at the Local Government Association, said: "Our roads crisis is only going to get worse unless we address it as a national priority. This means the government providing long-term and consistent funding to invest in the resurfacing projects which our road network desperately needs."

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "We are facing a £12 billion pothole black hole and the government announces this – a couple of cameras attached to bin lorries. It's cheap, gesture politics of the worst kind."

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "This government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists.

"The funding we have allocated today is focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – helping to build an economy that works for everyone."