Each English council faces an average £69m bill to bring our roads to ‘reasonable condition’

The pothole repairs backlog has increased from 10.9 years a decade ago.

The UK government is being advised about the growing backlog of potholes and the billions of pounds that is required to combat the crisis.

The length of time it would take for councils to fix England’s roads has risen by almost a third in the past 10 years, according to a report by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Council bosses say action is urgently required to tackle the backlog which is being made even worse by huge funding reductions.

Martin Tett, the LGA’s transport spokesman, said: “Our streets are deteriorating rapidly and it would take almost £12billion, and it could be almost 2030, before we could bring them up to standard and clear the current roads repair backlog.

“Our roads crisis is only going to worsen unless we address it as a national priority.

‘Roads crisis’

“Councils desperately require long-term and consistent funding to invest in the resurfacing jobs which our road network desperately needs over the next decade.

“Motorists pay billions of pounds to the Treasury each year in fuel duty when they refill their car at the pump only to then have to drive on surfaces that are decaying after decades of underfunding.

“They deserve roads fit for the 21st century.”

The LGA is requesting the government provide £1billion and suggests that the cash could be funded by investing 2p per litre of fuel duty.