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THE motorist’s priorities, it seems, have changed. Whereas, three years ago, the common cry was one of anguish over the rising cost of motoring, it is the appalling state of Britain’s roads that tops the concerns in a new AA poll.

The problem, however, is that these concerns are two sides of the same coin – and a very expensive one at that.

For the cost in Yorkshire alone of getting the roads into an acceptable state of repair would be £700m, a bill that would ultimately be borne by motorists along with other taxpayers.

Of course, drivers would also have to put up with endless delays caused by mass road closures and that is if the work is carried out at all.

For the harsh truth is that the depredations of the last two winters have left the region’s roads pitted with potholes that are becoming ever more dangerous and damaging to vehicles.

However, even as Yorkshire freezes over yet again, Government cuts mean that highway-maintenance budgets are being pared to the bone.

The likely result is that, as so often before, most highway authorities will make do and mend, patching up the worst potholes as cheaply as possible, in the full knowledge that, within a year or two, the work will have to start all over again.

The only certainty, however, is that, whatever action is taken, it is the motorist who will end up counting the cost.