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Wintry weather leads to spike in potholes in Luton

Luton Borough Council is spending around £3m over the next year on fixing potholes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three million pounds will go towards fixing potholes in Luton over the next year after more than 800 were reported over the winter.

Luton Borough Council has launched so-called "seek and repair units" to tour the area and repair any potholes they find.

A programme of resurfacing is due to take place from July to November and cash will also be spent on treating the carriageway to prevent potholes from forming in the first place.

The council also has "emergency rapid response crews" that attend to potholes that have been reported within 24 hours.

The increase in potholes in Luton has been put down to the wintry weather. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Road users in Luton may have noticed more potholes on the highways network recently. This is a result of a particularly bad winter this year. Snow and ice causes damage to the road surface as water gets into the small cracks. "As the temperature drops the water freezes, and when the temperature rises again it thaws. This process causes cracks to widen, eventually leading to potholes caused by passing vehicles."

– Cllr Paul Castleman, Luton Council