The cost of repairing roads in Britain has increased after the start of a special operation in Ukraine due to a reduction in the supply of bitumen from Russia, according to the British Association of Municipal Authorities (LGA).
“About 60% of the bitumen (before the start of the special operation in Ukraine) … was supplied from Russia and sold on the European market … (since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, the city) councils had to ration the supply of material and purchase them in other markets, which led to delays with the repair of roads and rising prices for it,” the organization said in a release.
It is noted that the cost of removing potholes and replacing the road surface increased by about 22%.
According to the latest estimates, it will take 10 years and 12 billion pounds to bring the local roads to their proper condition. These times may be extended due to increased costs.
Municipal budgets are also being affected by rising prices for electricity, steel and cement.
The association calls on the future British prime minister to urgently help local authorities cope with increased costs.