£2.25 billion road maintenance backlog in Scotland

The shocking state of the roads in UK was thrown into sharp relief by a report released yesterday by Audit Scotland that stated that less than two-thirds of Scotland’s roads were in an acceptable condition and that the backlog of maintenance had now reached £2.25 billion.

The report went on to state that the maintenance backlog had almost doubled from £1.25 billion to the current £2.25 billion since 2004.


Scotland’s Auditor General, Robert Black was quite outspoken in the report.

“The pattern of spending and the scale of the backlog means that the value of these public assets is not being sustained,” he states in the report. “But, by deferring essential expenditure on infrastructure, public bodies are storing up problems for the future and passing a greater burden onto generations to come.”

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