THE GOVERNMENT is providing £22.9 million for research and trials on new surface materials or pothole repair, and trade associations applauds the Department for Transport’s project.

From the trialling of plastic roads, fixing potholes, to more effective analytics which may provide more useful information on diversions, there are a mix of projects in the announcements made by the Secretary of State.

With the persistence of potholes, the cost of maintaining commercial vehicle fleets is only continuing to rise. While it is possible to seek compensation for damaged vehicles from highway authorities, it is a highly protracted process. And when the full vehicle damage is realised, cracked tyres and suspension faults are common consequences, much of the hit ends up being absorbed within maintenance cost, stressed The Freight Transport Association.