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Vital repairs needed to rural road network

April 16, 2013 by  
Filed under News & Business

The Country Land and Business Association is urging local councils in the region to undertake vital repairs to minor roads and rural routes seriously damaged by winter weather.

With councils across East Anglia facing severe budget cuts, CLA regional director Nicola Currie said she was sending out a reminder that minor roads provide a vital lifeline for rural businesses and need to be well maintained.

“Freezing conditions always seem to signal pothole season in the UK and while local councils are usually quick to repair damage to major roads they are often more delayed in their approach to minor routes,” she said.

“As the ongoing austerity measures continue to bite, we are seriously concerned that cash-starved councils will be tempted to further neglect rural roads, which are a key part of the infrastructure that underpins the rural economy.”

Damage from potholes is estimated to cost motorists £320m every year. Recent research by the Rural Services Network revealed that some rural councils have seen reductions in government funding of up to 9% compared to a national average of 4.48%.

Mrs Currie added: “In the current economic climate rural businesses cannot afford to be further disadvantaged by having to pay hefty repair bills for vehicles damaged by potholes that should have been dealt with by the local council”

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