Record flooding this winter has left a pothole repair bill of a staggering £12bn in its wake across the UK.
And as one of the worst hit areas, Gloucestershire County Council is likely to pay more than most other regions to get roads back into a reasonable state.
A report has revealed the UK is facing the ‘catch-up’ cost of getting local roads back to a reasonable state has now soared by £1.5billion in a single year because of the deluge.
Councils in England said the cost of restoring roads to a reasonable condition had risen 30per cent since last year to an average of £90million per authority.
In his Budget last month, Chancellor George Osborne announced an extra £200million to repair potholes in 2014-15 . And Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced £183.5million emergency funding to help with road repairs following ‘the wettest winter on record’.
He said the cash would pay for the repair of 3.3million potholes.
But motoring groups said this was ‘a sticking plaster not a cure’.
It would now take 12 years to clear the road repair backlog in England and Wales and 14 years in London, says the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey carried out by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA).
Scott Tompkins, lead commissioner highway authority at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We spend up to £40m on road maintenance, including resurfacing and surface repairs.
"The highways teams are busy identifying and fixing hundreds of potholes each day and in the last 12 months we’ve fixed nearly 50,000 in Gloucestershire.
“The well used roads in the county are inspected at least every month.
"Unsafe potholes are fixed within 24 hours, and others, if they meet the national safety requirements, will be repaired within 28 days which is in line with UK guidelines.”
The Local Government Association said the country was facing a ‘roads crisis escalating at an alarming pace’.
Peter Box, chairman of the LGA’s economy and transport board, said: “Councils have long warned that our already dilapidated road network could not cope with another extreme winter and the unprecedented recent flooding experienced across the country has left behind a trail of destruction to our highways.
“The Government’s promised extra funding is welcome but it is simply not enough to free councils trapped in an endless cycle of only being able to patch up our deteriorating network.
“This will always be more expensive than longer-term preventative work.
“This country is now facing a roads crisis escalating at an alarming pace with every bout of severe weather and following years of under funding.”