The UK Conservative Government has announced that £8.3 billion will be spent on fixing potholes in England over the next decade with Wales expected to benefit when additional funds are made available.
Despite the Labour Welsh Government claiming that they are tackling potholes in Wales, the number being filled in has nearly halved with the latest data showing that only 76,000 potholes were repaired in 2021/22 compared to 132,000 in 2017/18.
The UK Government’s new fund will see 5,000 miles of road resurfaced but unlike in England, any extra funding for the Welsh Government won’t have to be spent on potholes.
Commenting on the news, Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies MS said:
“Roads have been the responsibility of the Labour Government since 1999 but you only have to drive down the road to see what a state they’re in, especially down in the Vale of Glamorgan.
“And in true Labour style we can’t tell if the conditions of roads in Wales are getting better or worse as they’ve stopped collating and publishing the data.
“The Welsh Conservatives would end Labour’s ban on new road building and guarantee that any extra funding for potholes would be spent on making our roads safe.”