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.
The University of Nottingham say their new £9m Energy Technologies Building will be the UK's most advanced research facility into new energy innovations. They say the building will include:
- A testing facility for the University's Department of Architecture and Built Environment which will allow them to test the energy efficiency of buildings as well as an open space to carry out tests in daylight conditions.
- Laboratory space for low carbon research.
- A demonstration 'green' and 'brown' roof which will provide space for solar panels, as well as valuable ecological habitats.
- Seminar and exhibition rooms.
Drivers of hydrogen cars can now fill up their tanks in Nottingham following the launch of a sustainable energy research facility at The University of Nottingham.
The £9m Energy Technologies Building on The University of Nottingham Innovation Park will provide a catalyst for the University's research into low carbon emissions.
– Gavin Walker, Professor in Sustainable Energy Technologies
Hydrogen energy is a strategic research focus for the University and an important new technology for the decarbonisation of the transport sector.
The new refuelling station, which also includes electric car charging points, is one of around 10 such facilities across the UK. It will be used principally for the small fleet of hydrogen-powered cars that we are planning to run in connection with research projects based at the new Energy Technologies Building.
The University of Nottingham today unveiled their new £9m Energy Technologies Building.
It will be used to research environmentally friendly technology which will reduce carbon emissions. They say it will also offer a hydrogen production and refuelling station.
Adam Cudworth from Worcestershire, a University of Nottingham Student, has taken these images from the sky with a £200 camera he bought on eBay.
More of Adam's images can be seen on his Flickr site.