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Some 330,000 more potholes were filled by councils in England and Wales last year than in 2017/18, with spending on roads maintenance up 20%, a study says. However, the Asphalt Industry Alliance annual survey suggests much of the £24.5m was spent on short-term "patch and mend" work to 1.86 million holes. Councils would need to spend £9.79bn over 10 years to bring all roads up to scratch, the AIA says. The Local Government Association says fixing roads is a priority. "Faced with severe financial pressures, councils have managed to spend more on road repairs in the past year in order to fix a pothole every 17 seconds," said Martin Tett, transport spokesman for the body which represents councils. Full story

26 March