The UK road services do not have enough money to buy bitumen to seal potholes. The British consider Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to be the culprit of problems with road works in the country, the Daily Mail reports.
Before the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, about 60 per cent of the bitumen used to repair British roads was supplied from Russia. Now the authorities have to set stricter norms of the material usage, as well as look for it in other markets, which increases costs and postpones road repairs.
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 350 councils in England and Wales, said many of its members had suffered a 22 per cent increase in the cost of road maintenance.
“Global pressure, such as Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, as well as rising inflation and a shortage of materials have created a ‘perfect storm’ for the soviets and put pressure on already strained local budgets,” a representative of the transport organization, David Renard, said.
As noted, local authorities are faced with a significant backlog in the schedule of road repairs. Now it will take them minimum 10 years and 12 billion pounds to solve the situation.