UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour is throwing her weight behind the UK’s first National Pothole Day, highlighting growing problems with the state of the country’s road network.
Jill Seymour MEP said: “Basic repairs to our streets are being overlooked. It is time for us to go back to basics, and tackle the issues which are close to the heart of every motorist. That’s why I’m delighted to support this new initiative, putting the issue of our crumbling road network firmly on the map.”
National Pothole Day, on January 15, is being co-ordinated by independent transport company Street Repairs, which has developed a real-time online system for reporting problem potholes.
Jill said: “Nearly 90 per cent of reports made to Street Repairs concern potholes, illustrating for high public feeling is running.
“While the government presses ahead with the HS2 rail link which will cost more than £55 billion, our existing transport infrastructure is left to soldier on, becoming shabbier by the day.
“National Pothole Day will, hopefully, remind local and national government that it is issues like the state of our crumbling roads that really matter to people.
“They want to see their taxes being spent on projects which benefit the majority, rather than the minority.”
She added: “This is a perfect opportunity for the general public to showcase what their roads and communities are really like, and remind the authorities about the strength of feeling on this issue.”