By Denna Bowman
The claim that Glasgow is home to the worst roads in Scotland is gathering momentum.
The latest damning indictment comes from a survey carried out by Continental tyres which claims that around 42 per cent of drivers in the city said their cars had been damaged by roads needing repair.
The tyres manufacturers survey follows the recent observation by celebrity TV chef James Martin that Glasgow’s roads are the “worst in Britain”.
According to the Continental survey city drivers spent on average £107 on repairs last year because of potholes and locals claimed there are an average of four potholes within 100 yards of their house.
More than 1500 motorists were quizzed for the survey, which also claims that motorists were desperate for roads to improve with more than a fifth saying they had reported their pothole problems to the City Council.
But despite reporting a problem, 80 per cent insisted the road damage wasn’t repaired. Car owners want to see more action on potholes and 84 per cent felt not enough was being done.
They reckoned it was ridiculous to pay such a high amount in taxes for road maintenance, with 83 per cent saying they were receiving poor value for money when it came to the quality of roads.
A total of 87 per cent said they thought roads were in a worse state now than they were five years ago.
Tim Bailey, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: “Potholes are an increasing danger on our roads.
“The amount of damage caused is a big worry for motorists, especially when it’s something that could be avoided.”
However, Glasgow City Council remained defiant despite the shocking findings.
A city council spokesman said: “Independent surveys carried out on behalf of Glasgow City Council have shown an improvement in satisfaction levels for roads maintenance.
“There is already a noticeable improvement and a significant drop in the number of potholes being reported.”