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Heavy rain and flooding over the past year is being blamed for a rise in the number of potholes in our roads.
Nottinghamshire Council Council is planning to spend an extra £1 million on emergency road repairs across Nottinghamshire.
It will mean an additional 5000 potholes can be filled across the county.
36,000 pothole repairs are already made each year.
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Worcestershire County Council is asking the public to do its bit in treating potholes, by longing them on the Council's website.
After recent cold weather, the Council is increasing its pothole teams from 11 to 18. They say that the extra resources will result in an additional 200 potholes being fixed daily.
Potholes are caused when water freezes and expands. When rain, snow and freezing conditions cycle, potholes worsen.
The public is being asked to to log problematic potholes on the Council website.
– Cllr John Smith OBE, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport,
Teams will be out finding and fixing potholes, but residents can also play a big part in supporting this work by getting in touch when they spot a pothole.
Doing so is now easier than ever thanks to the numerous ways of reporting and I'd like to encourage people to let us know.
Dr Nick Thom from the Pavement Engineering Research Centre at the University of Nottingham explains exactly what causes potholes.
- Know where the dangerous potholes are where you normally drive
- Keep your distance from the car in front in case the driver spots a pothole too late
- Stick to speed limit and drive slower than normal on smaller roads (potholes are more prevalent here)
- Never swerve to avoid potholes, drive slowly over it
- Report any dangerous potholes to the local authority
– CLA West Midlands director Caroline Bedell
Local authorities are working under strict budget constraints and we believe that priorities may be rather different this year when it comes to dealing with pothole problems.
It would not come as a shock if local councils take much longer to deal with the issue, so we are urging motorists, especially those on unlit country roads, to stay vigilant and where possible report major potholes.
With heavy snowfall expected in the Midlands before Christmas, councils are being warned to prepare for pothole repairs in their local areas.
But due to budget cuts, rural watchdog The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) say they are concerned about the safety of road users and are warning drivers to take care on country roads.