|The pothole in our road|
I've been driving for nearly 40 years and in all that time I don't think I have ever seen the roads in such a bad condition.
Why should we drivers put up with it? It's costing a fortune in springs, shock absorbing thingies, (I'm not too technical) and burst tyres. I don't know about in your part of the world but up here in Scotland, it's a company called AMEY, who have the contract to repair the trunk roads.
It seems to me that they are plainly not keeping up to the job. Now we know that there has been severe weather which knocks hell out of the road surface but most of that was in December. We're now into March and the roads STILL haven't been repaired. Amey must have some contract to repair them, if they are not in a fit state and if they don't have a contract that holds them to account, why not? They should be taking on more workers, albeit on a temporary basis to get the job done. They are to the best of my knowledge a PLC, the same as BP. Now when the Gulf Oil Spill happened, BP didn't stand back and let it get worse. They got on with it and repaired it.
Local Authorities in Scotland are liable for the non-trunk roads and they have been given huge amounts of money to effect repairs from the Scottish Government. I have told my MSP, that as far as votes are concerned for the May election in Scotland, a good number of people would vote for the party that promises to repair our road network and if that means holding PLCs to account, then so be it, their shareholders just wouldn't be able to get a dividend this year. All together now, aaaaw!