Published: 26th Apr 2018

Forget Brexit, the most emotive topic in offices and pubs across the UK at the moment is the state of Britain’s roads, and in particular the very visible pothole problem. It’s estimated that one in five local roads will become unfit for use within five years, and with funding stretched, communities are suffering. Thomas Barrett reports. During the recent winter months, the UK was hit with the ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma, and the prolonged period of cold and wet weather left a receipt in the form of potholes. When water hits a road it’s stored in pockets in the asphalt concrete, when this freezes, the water expands and causes cracks which creates the holes. In the UK it’s estimated there are over two million of them. The Asphalt Industry Alliance annual survey revealed that the pothole repair bill in England alone currently stands at £11.8bn and is set to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)