Cost of fixing holes put at £2bn
Motorists should pay tolls to repair roads says report
Motorists should pay tolls to help fund a £2 billion bill to repair Scotland’s pot-holed roads, says a new report.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has made the suggestion in a report on the country’s infrastructure. It bases its findings on evidence from council transport chiefs that about a third of Scotland’s local roads are in an unacceptable condition.
The Scottish government noted the report’s findings but said it had no intention of introducing road tolls which were scrapped for major river crossings in 2008.
Ronnie Hunter, chairman, said: “Our energy, transport, flooding, water and waste systems must be resilient in the face of our changing demographics and our changing climate.
“Our independent, expert report analyses whether or not they are. Our grades show that most areas of Scotland’s infrastructure require attention. Although there is some good news, such as in the areas of waste and strategic transport, there are serious question marks over the resilience of our energy and local transport infrastructure.
“To address these particular concerns, we have called for a mature and rational debate on how we generate energy, and we are also calling for the Scottish government to work with local authorities to address the £2bn maintenance backlog in Scotland’s local roads.”