Our pothole hell roads really are the pits

CRUMBLING roads in East Dunbartonshire are among the worst in Scotland, according to a new report.

The area is ranked seventh out of the country’s 32 local authorities in most need of repairs to their roads.

The Audit Scotland report says that more than 12 per cent of roads in East Dunbartonshire are in need of attention within a year.

Only just over half the roads (55 per cent) in the district are in an “acceptable condition”, well below the Scottish average of 63 per cent.

And almost 32 per cent were said to have some “deterioration”.

The news is made even more bleak by the fact that the study was carried out between March and October last year, BEFORE the recent Arctic weather.

The freezing conditions - the worst seen for decades - has caused more potholes and cracks to appear on the roads bringing misery to drivers and a hefty repair bill for the council.

East Dunbartonshire Council has been handed more than £200,000 to deal with roads left damaged by the big freeze.

The Scottish Government cash is East Dunbartonshire’s share of an extra £15million made available to councils across Scotland to cover the impact of the extreme weather in December.

However, council bosses have said the cash won’t even cover half the damage to the roads.

Argyll and Bute tops the worst roads list followed by East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, the Western Isles and Renfrewshire.

The Audit Scotland report said that the condition of Scotland’s roads worsened over the past six years.

The cost of the maintenance backlog increased to £2.25 billion, £1 billion more than in 2004.

Audit Scotland has now called on the Scottish Government to consider a national review of how Scotland’s road network is managed and maintained.

An East Dunbartonshire Council spokesperson said: “Potholes are assessed and those that considered emergencies are given priority.

“As well as emergency work, routine pothole repair works are ongoing, with dedicated teams working every day on roads across the area.”