State of the roads photo competition winner announced
The National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has announced the winner of its State of the Roads Photography Competition.
The winning image was taken by Antony Maybury from Wrexham and depicts a lorry passing by a large pothole on the A525 near Bronington.
“I entered the competition as the roads around Wrexham are very bad. Every journey I make I feel as if I’m driving the Mars Rover!
“The roads are in a sorry state and something needs to be done. I feel as if my council do not care so by winning I now hope Wrexham Council take action and make our roads safer.”
The competition was launched to raise awareness of the Committee’s inquiry into the state of Welsh roads which will publish its findings in the autumn.
The winning photograph will feature on the cover of the Committee’s report and be part of an exhibition, along with other shortlisted images, at the Senedd from 3 to 14 September.
“I’d like to thank all those who submitted photographs to our competition,” said Russell George AM, Chair of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.
“I never thought I’d be so interested in looking at so many pictures of potholes!
“The standard was very high with some wonderful images, not just of terrible tarmac but also of breath-taking B roads from some beautiful parts of Wales.
“We chose the winning image because the very size of the lorry’s wheels really puts into perspective the size of the pothole problem, not just on that stretch of road, but across the country.
“While this has been a light-hearted part of our inquiry the state of our roads is a serious business, as it not only makes them uncomfortable but also loses the country time and money every day.
“Alongside the competition, the Committee has taken evidence from a wide range of road users, businesses and engineering experts. We plan to publish our findings and recommendations in October.”