Scotland's future road crisis
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
A report from Audit Scotland states that it will cost €2.69 billion (£2.25 billion) to correct all the faults on the country's roads. This represents an increase of €836 million (£1 billion) since the last full audit carried out in 2004. It is a major issue, with the report also saying that just 63% of Scotland's roads are in an acceptable state of repair. The decrepit conditions of the nation's roads comes in spite of an increase in maintenance spending of €26.8 million (£32 million) since the 2004 - 2005 period to €836 million (£654 million in the 2009 - 2010 period. The problem looks set to worsen with cuts in funding for main road maintenance from €111 million (£133 million) down to a mere €89.5 million (£107 million) for the 2011 - 2012 period.