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The State Of Our Roads - Lack Of Cash Means Big Pot Holes

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 March 2013

A report says it'll cost an average of £60-million for counties in this region to bring our roads up to scratch.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance says it paints a picture of insufficient budgets, growing pot hole problems and increasing numbers of compensation claims.

However, Northamptonshire County Council say insurance claims have decreased dramatically over the last ten years.

Reporter Tom Percival talks to Jim Emerson from Tyres Northampton, motorist Steve Dean from Bugbrooke tells Stuart what happened when his car hit a pothole, and Stuart talks to John Bullock from the Asphalt Industry Alliance and to David Farquhar, Assistant Director for Transport and Highways at Northamptonshire County Council.

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