REPAIRING Britain's roads would take 10 years - even if all the money needed was available.
And councillors in Kirklees have agreed that more cash is urgently needed to improve the country's highways.
A survey out today revealed the size of the problem.
The current road maintenance funding system is failing everyone, said the Asphalt Industry Alliance, which conducted the survey.
A spokesman said: "Money promised from Westminster is not reaching the roads, but being siphoned off at council level to pay for other services."
Clr Ann Denham, who is responsible for highways issues in Kirklees, said more cash was vital.
She added: "We do very well maintaining our A and B roads, and they are above average according to audited surveys.
"But we have problems with other roads. That is partly due to location. We have hills, valleys and weather problems."