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Yorkshire named and shamed in pothole study

This picture of potholes in Sheffield by Zoe Meredith Credit: Zoe Meredith

Roads in Yorkshire are among the worst in the country when it comes to potholes. According to data the B6273 South Moor Road in Barnsley and King Lane in Leeds have been identified as the worst in the country.

The number of people putting in claims for compensation for pothole related damage has risen by 79 per cent in the last year.

Watch: Driver takes us on tour of potholes near his home

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We should be 'proactive, not reactive' with potholes

Tony Ball, chairman of Transport for the Local Government Association said too much of the budget for resurfacing roads is spent on filling in holes, and not enough on resurfacing.

Speaking to Daybreak he said, nationally there is a £3 billion budget to fix potholes, but that too much of the money is spent on "reactive, as opposed to proactive."

Mr Ball added that local councils need more upfront funding to fix the solution.

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Motorists: 'It's about time the councils did something'

A report has found that £10.5 billion is needed to fix the potholes in England and Wales.

Motorists told Daybreak that councils should fix the roads because they are "all over."

One woman said: "I think it's disgusting and I think it's really damaging my car. It's about time the council did something with all the road tax, council tax and all the rest that we pay them."

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Pothole repairs are 'nonsensical and costly'

Constantly mending damaged roads, rather than dealing with potholes in a "planned and cost-effective way" is "nonsensical and costly to the country", AIA chairman Alan Mackenzie said.

The Department for Transport's potholes review was a welcome initiative and concluded that 'prevention is better than cure'.

When you add up all the costs incurred by not following this advice, it's hard to understand why central Government cannot find a way to invest in this much-needed work and save on higher costs in the future.

– Alan Mackenzie, Asphalt Industry Alliance chairman

£6.5m for Lincolnshire's potholes

Lincolnshire's roads will get a £6.5m boost to deal with potholes.

Lincolnshire County Council has announced it will invest the money over the next two years.

“Each year, Lincolnshire County Council invests nearly £50 million on repairs to maintain the county’s 5,500 miles of road. We have ten teams who are dedicated to reactive repairs. We run an emergency repairs service that aims to fix particularly bad pot holes within 24 hours, although it can be very difficult to repair them in wet or cold weather.

“Over the next two years, we’ll invest a further £6.5 million to renew, repair and extend the life of roads across Lincolnshire. The extra funding will enable us to carry out more preventative work on our roads, so we can fix potholes before they even appear. We will also aim to deliver more first-time fixes.

“We encourage the public to report potholes to us so we can prioritise and schedule them for repair."

– Councillor William Webb, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation
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