You may have thought it as you were driving around the region but now it's official - the roads in the South are in the worst state of repair in the country. Potholes are the big problem, and it's estimated an extra 12 billion pounds is needed to repair them. Martin Stew reports.
West Sussex County Council is to receive around £3.4m from the Government to help repair roads damaged by severe weather.It comes after the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that an extra £140m was being made available to help authorities in the UK.
The County Council has been told it will receive £3,475,968 as part of its share.The Government released the emergency payment following the wettest winter on record.
The announcement comes weeks before the County Council launches its £30m Better Roads Programme, a two-year scheme targeting rural and residential roads in West Sussex in need of repair.
They are blighting our roads like never before. Damaging cars and costing drivers hundreds of pounds in repairs. But council's in the south say the full cost of dealing with potholes following the winter weather isn't yet known and is continuing to mount up.
In Hampshire, repairs to flood-damaged roads are already costing up to £36m. In Surrey, it's £15m and also expected to rise. Meanwhile, 400 potholes a week are being fixed on the Isle of Wight and 10 thousand potholes have been fixed in West Sussex since January.
Motoring groups say £140m pounds of emergency funding from the government to tackle the crisis is just a fraction of what's needed. As Charlotte Wilkins reports.
Video. People living in an East Sussex town are disgusted with the state of their roads. Potholes have opened up everywhere and they claim the council are not doing enough to fix them.
Now a campaign has been launched to ensure Peacehaven gets some of the £140 million of government money to fix them.
Charlotte Wilkins spoke to Nancy Platts, Parliamentary Candidate for Peacehaven, Councillor David Brazier from Kent County Council and Roger Williams, who's Head of Highways at East Sussex County Council.
A pothole repair fund of £140 million is to be shared by councils across England. Cllr David Brazier, Cabinet member for Environment and Transport from Kent County Council, explains how you can help to get potholes fixed.
Motoring groups say emergency funding released by the government to tackle the south's pothole crisis is just a fraction of the money needed.
A pothole repair fund of £140 million is to be shared by councils across England.
But there are claims that the sum needed to repair our flood-damaged roads is £10 billion.
If that is right, the vast majority of the region's potholes are unlikely to be repaired for at least a year.
The county council say it has so far:
· Taken more than 3,500 highways calls, with fire crews receiving another 2,000
· Responded to around 315 instances of flooding affecting roads
· Carried out over 70 safety inspections to bridges and embankments
· Cleared 850 fallen trees
· Dealt with nearly 350 other incidents
· Supported vulnerable people through regular contact and home visits.
Surrey County Council say torrential rain, strong winds and burst riverbanks over recent weeks mean engineers have been working 'around the clock' to clear hundreds of flooded roads and fallen trees, and the county council’s fire and rescue service responded to thousands of calls.
Experts assessing damage to roads and river banks across the county say the original bill estimated at £5 million could rise above £10 million.
More flooding is possible, with the Environment Agency asking the county council today to remove repair scaffolding from the bridge over the Wey at the bottom of Guildford High Street in anticipation of further predicted rainfall.
The recent floods and the continuing wet weather have caused more potholes. We take at a look at the impact on the south-east's roads and the damage to cars. Tom Savvides talks to driver Gordon Fraser from Heathfield and John Burr from Kent County Council.
The recent wet weather has taken its toll on the region's roads and local councils face a bill of millions of pounds to repair cracks and fill potholes. Juliette Fletcher has been talking to the AA and motorist Gordon Fraser who damaged his car driving though a pothole.