OK, so this is an industry story, shouting about how they shouldbe given more money. But:
The Asphalt Industry Alliance, which represents companies who produce materials needed for highway repair, has warned of what it described as a £10 billion crumbling road crisis.
Last year’s rain is estimated as having caused £338 million of damage to the country’s roads.
Councils in England and Wales spent £113 million filling potholes and a further £32 million settling compensation claims.
The roads here are in appalling shape. On the Czech side and the German. Potholes everywhere.
Which is, if we’re honest, to be entirely expected. We’ve still got snow here (on the mountains, in the passes, have since October, but in the cities it comes and goes, more fell yesterday) and at noon yesterday the temp was minus 10 oC. This simply will cause frost heaves. Nowt anyone can do about it.
The only interesting question is how quickly those potholes (and how well of course) get filled. My expectation is that it will be rather better done German side than Czech.
But a cold winter just is going to lead to potholes, it just is.
One fun bit yesterday. So, it was actually – 5 in Freiberg at 2 pm. So, everyone’s got their electric space heating on, as that’s the system used around there. We’re talking pretty much peak ‘leccie usage for the year actually, for no one at all has A/C for the summer. And those vast solar farms? There’s one of a few acres outside Freiberg, on the Dresden road or example. Entirely iced over and snow covered. Not just that they’ll not generate much with a low cloud cover (the Sun itself did not break through at all yesterday) but a inch of frozen water is likely to degrade performance too.
Can’t help thinking that there might have been some capital misallocation here. You know, solar power not being quite the right technology for Germany?
Might be why so much of their electricity actually comes from lignite rather than the solar they’ve spent tens of billions on.