Compensation paid to drivers has tumbled by almost 75% since the launch of a drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof.
Cash paid out for vehicle damage fell by more than £400,000 during the first two years of the scheme to build 300 miles of roads that come with a 10-year guarantee.
In 2012-13 – the year before the five-year Operation Horizon programme hit the road – the county council paid out more than £550,000. By the end of 2014-15, the amount spent settling claims had plummeted to less than £147,000.
The news came as the council renewed its call for Surrey to benefit from the new roads fund from Vehicle Excise Duty unveiled in the last Budget that will only be spent on motorways and major A roads managed by Highways England.
In Surrey they cover 100 miles while more than 3,300 miles overseen by the council and used…
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