The care taken to fill pot-holes has been taken to a new level by Surrey. Now flat-bed maintenance vehicles just stop above a hole and drop tarmac into it. A sort of fly-by hole filling. Not really true but it certainly looks like it.
The road surfaces are slowly improving in Surrey but from a very low base. There are four basic reasons why Surrey is in this fix:
- It has reduced its real terms revenue year on year for decades – never saving for a rainy day. So it has insufficient funds to meet its obligations.
- Surrey’s budget management is appalling – although I am told it is finally beginning to understand how bad it is and might one day begin address the problem. Fortunately Elmbridge is better managed.
- The management of the highways has been inefficient largely because of the lack of staff and political considerations. To counter this Surrey gets little help from the British government compared to other counties.
- The British government has rapidly reduced its returning of funds actually raised in Surrey – business rates and revenue support.
We need a radical new way of funding highway maintenance and construction because our quality of life depends on a well designed well funded transport network .