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Engineers slam council road spend

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ROAD surfacing providers and contractors have hit out at the amount of cash local authorities invest in road maintenance.

Black top body the Asphalt Industry Alliance claimed that money earmarked by Government for road maintenance was being 'siphoned off 'by councils and spent on other services.

It called for funds provided by Government for road maintenance purposes to be ring-fenced specifically for spending on the resurfacing of roads and other maintenance work.

A survey carried out by the alliance revealed it would still take a decade or more of work to get Britain's roads up to a high standard, even if full funding were granted.

AIA chairman Jim Crick said: 'The current system is failing everyone. Money promised by Westminster is being siphoned off at local authority level.

'Engineers are getting frustrated and want guaranteed funding.'