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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: 02/09/2016, Source: Kent Online

Poor state of roads in Sittingbourne

A News Extra survey has found hundreds of defects on the town’s main roads, prompting a warning some may be forced to close unless urgent repairs are carried out.

Six roads were tested: A2/London Road, Castle Road/Eurolink Way, Grovehurst Road, Homewood Avenue, Rock Road, and Park Avenue, with a total of 366 defects identified.

These included potholes, bumpy sections of tarmac, repairs that were deteriorating, and issues with drain covers – all potential safety hazards, according to the RAC. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 01/09/2016, Source: Burton Mail

Pothole 'zappers' to speed up East Staffordshire pothole fixes

Three new pothole 'zapping' machines are being rolled-out to help ease problems on the road in Burton. The new machines will patrol all of Staffordshire's roads as part of a package of measures to help speed up repairs on the county's highway network.

Earlier this year, Staffordshire County Council was awarded just over £1 million from the Department for Transport to help manage the challenge of repairing potholes and defects on the roads. As part of its wider plans to repair and maintain more than 6,400km of roads, one pothole patching machine has been bought with two more hired - to help carry out repairs more quickly.

The 18-tonne machines allows the county council to fill and seal potholes quickly and effectively – rather than sending whole crews of employees out to locations to carry out repairs. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 01/09/2016, Source: Grimbsy Telegraph

Councillor says authority is 'neglecting' pothole-riddled road in Cleethorpes

A FRUSTRATED Cleethorpes councillor has accused the local authority of wasting tax payers' money by "neglecting" a section of road in the resort.

Councillor Keith Brookes has hit out at officers in North East Lincolnshire Council's highways department over the state of the pothole-riddled Daggett Road.

He argues that residents in the area have become sick and tired with the poor quality of the road surface and he accused the authority of "mismanagement".

Mr Brookes, a councillor of the resort's Haverstoe ward, claims workers simply paint around potholes without fixing them and only return to go over them again once the paint has faded.

"It is mismanagement and it needs looking at. I'm hoping all of these problems will be dealt with quickly. It is costing the rate payers money – they are wasting money," he said.

"They came in July to paint around the potholes but they haven't come and filled them in. I am just concerned they are going to wait until the paint has worn away again." Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 31/08/2016, Source: Belfast Telegraph

Potholed roads risk to life and economy

One of Belfast's busiest roads was closed for some time earlier this week after a hole suddenly appeared in it. Fears that this could signal underground subsidence or a sinkhole led to traffic being banned from that stretch of the highway.

There are many motorists in Northern Ireland who wish that tens of thousands of holes in roads around the province were treated with the same level of concern. More than 500 claims for compensation are made each year for damage to vehicles caused by driving into potholes.

Earlier this year, Transport NI revealed that there were more than 110,000 potholes or other cracks or depressions on our highways. The larger potholes pose a threat to road users, particularly cyclists and motorcyclists, who could easily be unseated when hitting one unexpectedly. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 29/08/2016, Source: Mix 96

So, Why Haven't They Fixed That Pothole?

Ever wondered why Bucks County Council will fix in a pothole, only to leave one a few feet away untouched?

Well it seems it's a question that gets asked a lot as the county council have released a video explaining it.

Mark Shaw, the Cabinet Member for Transport, said the video informs residents about the work of Transport for Buckinghamshire in an accessible and simple way. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 24/08/2016, Source: South Wales Evening Post

194 potholes fixed in first week of 48 hour repair pledge in Swansea

COUNCIL bosses in Swansea say they are living up to their promise to fix all potholes in the city within 48 hours of them being reported.

It is now a week since the authority launched the pledge and to date 194 have been filled in.

And the council says to make sure traffic stays on the move, the teams have been working late into the summer evenings to get the jobs done.

READ MORE: Castle Square is not for sale says council leader

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: "We're really pleased residents are taking us up on our pothole pledge and reporting them when they see them.

"And I'm even more delighted that people are also praising the teams for their effort and initiative." Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 23/08/2016, Source: The Press and Journal

Aberdeen City Council faced with staggering £35M pothole repairs bill

Transport bosses in Aberdeen face a £35million roads repair bill over the next five years, the Press and Journal can reveal.

The shock figures are contained within a report which will be discussed by councillors later this week.

Last night, the city’s Labour-led administration appealed to the Scottish Government to step in and help fund the upgrade work.

Councillor Ross Grant, who is a member of the communities, housing and infrastructure (CHI) committee, said: “Upgrading and maintaining our road network is one of our key priorities.

“Clearly as Scotland’s lowest-funded council we are doing the best we can within the financial constraints of the Scottish Government. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 22/08/2016, Source: Basingstoke Observer

£7m road works finished early

The life of more than 165 miles of roads across Hampshire has been prolonged by an investment from the county council.

A total of £7million of surface dressing improvements have been completed two weeks ahead of schedule by the authority, to help remove potholes.

Roads from all across the county, including in Basingstoke and Deane, have been tended to as part of the project, which is designed to seal the road surface from water damage, and stop cars from skidding.

Council workers started the process of surface dressing in the spring, with the project benefiting from a £1.48m Government grant to help fill in more than 28,000 potholes in Hampshire. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 22/08/2016, Source: Surrey Mirror

DEBATE: Should cyclists be banned from cycling on the road?

We have become a cycling nation. You just have to watch any of the Olympic coverage at Rio or just spend an afternoon on Box Hill to see it.

Our most decorated Olympians spend hours on the track building their muscles with armies of coaches, nutritionists and physicians devoted to bringing home the gold.
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Date: 22/08/2016, Source: Herald Scotland

Presumed liability is a nonsense if cyclists will not obey the rules

I NOTE that the presumed liability argument has been resurrected once again (Letters, August 17). As an ancient cyclist with the calf muscles to prove it, I am sorry to have to say that collisions are inevitable, given the narrow, winding roads that both cyclists and heavy traffic inhabit and, on occasion, the attitude of today's cyclists.

The truth is that bikes belong to the era of horses and carts and, though the design has improved over the years, two slow wheels are still two slow wheels. In that time motorised traffic has increased and is heavier and what we see every day in my local area of Lochaber, especially in the summer months, are long lines of traffic held up by increasingly militant cyclists who refuse to pull in or even ride single file to let traffic pass safely. Yet they face no proficiency or safety tests, ride cycles that are not inspected for defects, have no registration numbers and pay no insurance - yet everyone else on the roads is expected to give way to them and to be judged instantly guilty of any infringement. Read this News (opens in new window)

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