Shockingly 30 per cent of A-roads in Scotland are now classed as red or amber, meaning they are in need of inspection or requiring work.
Despite Scotland spending significantly more than the UK average on maintaining roads, only 3 per cent of A-roads in England were in poor condition, compared to 30 per cent in Scotland. These figures are shocking and have a huge knock on for motorists who face increased damage to their cars, vans and motorbikes.
Ultimately the SNP has failed to improve the situation in any real sense and motorists are the ones paying the price for inaction. When you include the challenges that we in rural constituencies like Argyll and Bute face with the large upcoming spike in logging tonnage on our roads and the continued growth of heavy freight from our world famous distilleries. It's clear that a piecemeal approach to road maintenance is not enough.
Argyll and Bute council has stepped up to the plate with plans to spend £15 million on roads over the next two years. Now it's time for the SNP at a national level to act.
For far to long the separatists in the Scottish Government have focused far too much on urban areas while ignoring rural Scotland. With the large scale losses inflicted on the separatists in the last election particularly in rural constituencies the SNP must heed public anger on this matter or face an even faster decline.
Cllr Alastair Redman