Glasgow doubles budget to fill city’s 20,000 potholes

potholeGlasgow City Council has announced a £16 million programme to repair at least 20,000 potholes.

Around £8m had already been committed to tackle defects in the current financial year and today’s announcement doubles this year’s spending.

The extra funds will also help resurface more than 200 residential streets and 50km of pavements.

The council is usually allocated a small amount of government revenue funding to maintain roads, pavements and lighting but in recent years millions of pounds in capital investment has been used to bolster repairs.

Council leader Frank McAveety said the amount of patch repairs carried out on roads would be enough to cover 23 football pitches.

He added: “Glaswegians have every right to expect good roads and pavements and I want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to deliver the big investment required to match their expectations.

“We have already secured real improvements in the city centre and on some of our busiest routes across the city - but this additional cash will allow us to reach further into our communities and repair more residential streets than ever before.”

Councillor McAveety said the authority had consulted with the public, community councils and elected members to prioritise projects across the city.

He said engineers were also studying safety reports, public complaints and previous compensation claims, along with street-level reports from bus and taxi drivers, to make sure the money spent had the most impact.

The council’s £16m spending will include:

  • Road surface treatments - £6.25m;

  • Road patching - £4m;
  • Road resurfacing - £3.5m;
  • Footways - £1.25m;
  • Lining - £1m

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