Glasgow to spend £16m on pothole repairs

In doubling its road budget, Glasgow City Council will fund £16million to tackle the Scottish city’s pothole problems.

An additional £8 million of investment is reportedly to be made in the new year, targeting a minimum of 20,000 potholes, resurfacing more than 200 residential streets and fixing 50 kilometres of damaged pavements.

Audit Scotland reported that Glasgow City Council and East Dunbartonshire Council spend more on roads than any other local authority, working out at around £15,000 for every kilometre.

Council roads bosses have consulted with the public, community councils and city councillors to prioritise projects across the city.

Council leader Frank McAveety said: “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.

“Our investment in Glasgow’s roads is unprecedented in Scotland. That is good news for all road users – from drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to businesses that rely on Glasgow’s infrastructure, create jobs and drive our economy.

“When it comes to looking after our roads, early-intervention is crucial. By bringing forward more investment, we’ll get to more of these streets, quicker and residents will be the winner.”