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Pothole news

Potholes and poorly maintained roads are always making headlines, which just goes to prove what a major source of heartache they are for the nation's motorists. Below you'll find links to just some of the many news stories on the topic of potholes that appear every week.

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Date: 04/08/2016, Source: Oxford Mail

On Yer Bike with By Alison Noel- 'Potholes are an ever increasing menace on roads'

In the last 50 years I have enjoyed cycling Oxfordshire’s roads that take in beautiful countryside and idyllic villages near Oxford, and around the city itself. Unfortunately, in recent times, I seem to spend more time avoiding the numerous potholes than taking in the stunning scenery.

I have come to the conclusion that Oxfordshire roads are in the worst condition in my living memory.

These potholes put bike riders, in particular, at significant risk. They cause cyclists to swerve into the carriageway, potentially into the path of an oncoming vehicle, or can easily damage a wheel and cause a rider to crash. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 04/08/2016, Source: Hull Daily Mail

Metre-wide pothole in Holderness Road, Hull, is 'beyond a joke'

A motorist claims he nearly wiped out a cyclist after hitting a 'metre-wide' pothole in Hull's Holderness Road.

John Taylor, 39, of east Hull, says he was travelling to the Royal Mail's delivery office, in St Peter Street, in his Toyota, at about 11.30am on Thursday, when he struck the pothole, close to Machine Mart.

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Date: 04/08/2016, Source: Key 103

Rochdale's potholes to be filled in as part of £1 million scheme.

Potholes across Rochdale are set to be filled in over the next eight months as part of a new £1 million scheme.

The Rochdale Borough council cash injection, which topped up the sum of £121,000 given by central government, is now being spent, with contractors Balfour Beatty currently working through a hitlist of sites identified by the council.

The money is in addition to the £2.429m which will be spent on general road and footway repairs this financial year, including verge improvements, installing new signs and lines and resurfacing.
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Date: 04/08/2016, Source: Wales Online

These are the Cardiff roads which will get their potholes repaired

The city authority has put £320,000 extra into pothole repairs this financial year. Potholed roads are an annoyance to residents, drivers and cyclists.

Cardiff council has launched a programme of repairs to streets in wards or estates which are heavily used by traffic.

And we've obtained the full list of streets they are planning to tackle this year.

The city council says priority is given to existing repairs, outstanding works and defects identified through checks.

Those which are between 30mm and 39mm deep are also prioritised. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 03/08/2016, Source: The Lincolnite

Lincoln potholes: Your pictures

Dejected motorists unhappy at the condition of Lincoln’s roads have been sharing some of the worst potholes they have come across in the city.

As previously reported, frustrated Lincoln motorists have criticised the “appalling” state of the city’s roads as a study by RAC revealed that the number of pothole-related breakdowns has doubled in the last 10 years.

Lincolnshire County Council’s portfolio holder for highways, Councillor Richard Davies, even admitted that the council does not have adequate resources to check every single pothole repair. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 02/08/2016, Source: Kilburn Times

Major pothole and pavement repair work begins in Brent

Work to repair potholes and replace some of the borough’s damaged paving stones with tarmac to make pavements more resilient and durable is underway.

Older slabs will being replaced with asphalt whilst dropped crossings and street corners will be surfaced using concrete block paving after Brent Council agreed to top up its road maintenance budget of £3.55million by an additional £2m.

The town hall has introduced the changes saying it will make ‘limited resources stretch further’ as it tackles an increase in pot-riddled roads and broken pavements in the borough.

In February the Times revealed that one in six streets in Brent are plagued with potholes amid complaints from angry drivers on social media websites. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 02/08/2016, Source: The Lincolnite

Lincoln drivers slam state of city’s roads as pothole-related breakdowns double in decade

Frustrated Lincoln motorists have criticised the “appalling” state of the city’s roads as a new study revealed that the number of pothole-related breakdowns has doubled in the last 10 years.

Angry drivers have been voicing their opinions on Facebook, listing roads which have fallen into a state of disrepair and stretches which have had potholes unsuccessfully filled.

Now, Lincolnshire County Council’s portfolio holder for highways has even admitted that the council does not have adequate resources to check every single pothole. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 02/08/2016, Source: Transport Network

When is a pothole a pothole? RSTA calls for standards

The Government should bolster guidance and standards in the local highways sector to help address a major loss of expertise since the start of austerity, a key industry body has warned.

The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has called for a national statutory standard definition of a pothole, warning that ‘cash-strapped local authorities may move the goalposts in order to try to save money by not repairing smaller potholes’.

The warnings follow the news that Perth and Kinross Council has recently redefined its classification of a pothole and declared they must now be 60mm deep – an increase of 50% from its previous 40mm classification – before they are repaired and filled. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 02/08/2016, Source: Daily Mail

Driver plans to sue his local council because his £45,000 Mercedes hit potholes 'resembling massive craters' which caused £3,000 worth of damage to his wheels

A furious driver is planning to sue his local council after potholes the size of 'massive craters' caused £3,000 of damage to his £45,000 Mercedes sports car.
IT sales manager Dean Harrigan had all four wheels on his 155mph Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe damaged after the £45,000 vehicle went over the holes on a roundabout.
The 43-year-old says he will take Southampton City Council to court after the authority refused to cover the cost of repairs to the 2013 vehicle he bought just 18 months ago. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 02/08/2016, Source: Southern Daily Echo

Motorist threatens to take Southampton City Council to court over £3,000 pothole damage to Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe

A FURIOUS driver lumped with a £3,000 bill after his luxury sports car hit a pot hole in Southampton is threatening to take council chiefs to court.

Dean Harrigan says his £50,000 dream machine is now stranded on his driveway since hitting a series of craters on a roundabout in the city’s Millbrook area.

Now he is threatening Southampton City Council with legal action after the authority refused to cover the costs of repairs he claims they are liable for to the vehicle he bought just 18 months ago.

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