Fixing all of Scotland’s roads would cost councils £1.7bn, according to new figures.
Local authorities across the country are facing multimillion-pound bills to fix damaged roads, Freedom of Information data has revealed, with Dumfries and Galloway, Highland, and Argyll and Bute councils seeing repair backlogs worth more than £100m.
According to the figures, taxpayers north of the border would need to spend £1.68bn on repairs to bring the roads across Scotland up to scratch.
Neil Bibby, Scottish Labour’s transport spokesman, said the “astonishing figures lay bare the dire state of disrepair Scotland’s roads are in after years of neglect”.
But the Scottish Government said local government funding was up, and that maintenance of local roads was the responsibility of councils.
Dumfries and Galloway Council had the highest repair bill backlog, with a bill of just over £217m.