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Road safety in crisis


A SEVERE lack of funding for maintenance is threatening the safety of road users, according to a survey of local authorities carried out by the Refined Bitumen Association (RBA).

The most common problems identified were cracking, rutting, potholes and loss of skid-resistance

The survey shows that last year councils paid out almost £50 million in compensation to people involved in accidents or vehicle damage caused by the conditions of roads - a 50 per cent increase on 1998.

Tim Green, who heads up the RBA's safety campaign, warned: 'Highways engineers are in the impossible position of trying to maintain roads in a safe conditions with only a third of the budget they need.'