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.
Potholes are worse in much of our region than anywhere else according to a new survey. The AA says its drivers are more worried about the condition of roads in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire than anywhere else. James Webster reports:
John Topping from Ripon recently ended up with a £150 bill for the damage caused to his car by potholes. He wants councils to compensate motorists whose cars need repairs and also wants local authorities to spend more money on evening up the road surface before problems are caused.
A mechanic from Barkers Garage in Ripon says they are regularly called on to fix the damage caused to vehicles by potholes. James Dickinson has to repair bent wheel hubs and damaged suspension springs.
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
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