BUDGET cuts have left Spanish roads in the worst state of disrepair since records began in 1985, according to a shocking new report.
The report, by the Spanish Road Association (AEC), has warned that an immediate investment of €6.2 billion is needed to restore the roads to a safe condition.
The money is needed to repair damaged road surfaces, maintain signs and repaint road markings.
When presenting the report, Juan Francisco Lazcano, the president of Spain’s AEC, said: “Spanish roads are facing unprecedented deterioration and only a sudden change of tack in the 2015 budget can prevent a debacle.”
After analysing more than 3,000 sections of road across the country, the AEC concluded 330,000 road signs need replacing and road markings on 51,000 kilometres of road need repainting.
Published earlier this month, the report also claimed that 82% of road lighting needs reviewing.
The AEC has blamed the falling safety standards of Spain’s roads on national austerity measures and false economy cuts.
“€1 not invested in time means €5 need to be spent in three years, and €25 after five years,” said Lazcano.
“Turning this situation around requires an investment of €6.2 billion, of which 94% must go towards pavement repair.”