They're a road safety hazard and the damage they cause can cost motorists hundreds, even thousands of pounds. But the pace of pothole repairs in the South East has created a backlog that would take 21 years to clear - double that of the rest of the UK, according to a new survey.
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Thursday morning's weather for the west of the region
Thursday morning's weather for the east of the region