Taxpayers are financing more than £200m a year to repair street surfaces which are poorly re-laid by utility companies' contractors after road works, according to research released today.
The Local Government Association (LGA) says councils in England and Wales are having to redo 340,000 shoddy resurfacing jobs a year.
Les Guest, chief executive of the National Joint Utilities Group, explained that "there are occasions were works are not put back to the right standards".
Peter Box, chairman of the LGA's economy and transport board, told Today presenter John Humphrys that "this has a huge impact on local businesses... and it has reached crisis point."
"What we are calling for today is chief executives of utility companies is to sit down with us and see what can be done," he added.
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