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Drivers angry over potholes on Britain's roads

A new report estimates the "catch-up" cost of repairing potholes and getting the local road network back into reasonable condition has risen to £12 billion.

Visitors to ITV News' Facebook page have been sharing their experiences of pothole damage.

Countless tyre damage due to potholes. Bumpy awful journeys. The roads are in a dreadful condition, even motorways. Very dangerous at high speed. About time the government spent the money in the right places!

– Carole Mallett

I stopped counting the potholes in one road the other day! Got fed up!

It's shocking.

– Eve Van Eyk

I hit a pothole and it destroyed my inner wheel. As they were custom-made I couldn't afford to fix them so had to sell the car.

– Cheryl Young

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Councils will 'complete road repairs by summer'

Yellow lines and a crumbling road surface near Gloucester city centre. Credit: PA Wire

The government has responded to local council demands for emergency cash to deal with a "daunting trail of destruction" on England's roads after England's record wettest winter by promising an extra £140 million to deal with the problem.

Most councils are expected to receive the extra money by the end of this week in a bid to ensure works are completed before the summer holidays.

In return they will be required to publish on websites by the end of August details of how it was used.

More: £140m pledged to repair damaged roads


Extra cash to mend damaged roads

Cars pass a heavily potholed road in Gloucestershire. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Councils are to get an additional £140 million to fix roads damaged by England's record wettest winter, the Government announced.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said a fund specifically targeting the worst-hit areas would be raised by £36.5 million to £80 million.

More: Motorists must 'protect themselves' from potholes

Parliament needs a 'step change' to battle potholes

A former award winning road worker turned anti-pothole campaigner has told Daybreak Parliament needs a "step change" in its "mind set" if it is to tackle the pothole problem plaguing Britain's roads.

Mark Morell aka Mr Pothole blamed "successive underfunding for decades" and "bad weather" for leaving UK drivers dodging 295 square miles of potholes.

Mr Morell has already set up an epetition to be handed to the Department for Transport demanding they deal with the pothole epidemic.

Pothole compensation claims rise by 79% in one year

According to data on Britain's "pothole epidemic" obtained by breakdown service Britannia Rescue:

  • Last year there was a 79% increase in pothole related compensation claims, in comparison to 2011/12 figures.
  • One of the country's largest local authorities, Lincolnshire County Council, reported pay-outs amounting to more than £358,665 in 2012/13.
  • The average repair bill for pothole damage to a vehicle came to £140.
  • The most common problems were tyre damage, damaged suspension and damaged wheel rims.

Motorists must 'protect themselves' from potholes

Motorists need to protect themselves from potholes by "reducing their speed" and report damage to their local council, the head of breakdown service has said.

Britannia Rescue raised concerns over the effect potholes were having on drivers and warned them local authorities were already facing "difficult choices".

Britain's pothole epidemic has resulted from years of under-investment in our roads and has been exacerbated by recent harsh winters.

Local authorities face difficult choices in the roads they prioritise for repair and we now have around 200,000 potholes on UK roads.

Motorists should protect themselves and their vehicles by reducing their speed on potholed roads, and also reporting damaged roads to their local council.

– Britannia Rescue managing director Peter Horton


LGA: Councils need more funding to tackle potholes

Prolonged underfunding, widespread flooding and recent "severe winters" have all contributed towards Britain's "pothole epidemic", the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

Peter Box of the LGA felt the blame lay with treacherous weather conditions and Westminster's underfunding of local authorities.

Decades of underfunding, severe winters and recent widespread flooding have left large swathes of our roads in disrepair with many councils struggling with a £10 billion repair backlog and only able to patch up a deteriorating network.

Despite our best efforts, the situation will only get worse as councils contend with deep central government funding cuts and spiralling compensation costs for pothole damage.

Councils need increased and consistent funding to invest in the widespread resurfacing projects which our roads network desperately needs if we're to see a long-term improvement.

– chairman of the Local Government Association's economy and transport board Peter Box

Potholes costing councils '£2.5 million' in claims

Britain's potholes now collectively measure 295 square miles - twice the size of the Isle of Wight. Credit: PA

Councils paid out a total of £2.5 million in compensation to drivers who had their vehicle damaged by Britain's "pothole epidemic", according to a breakdown company.

A Freedom of Information request by Britannia Rescue exposed the extent of damage to vehicles, which also showed UK councils had received 32,600 pothole related compensation claims in 2012/13.

Drivers complained of everything from potholes ruining wheel rims, puncturing tyres to damaged suspension.

A spokesman for Britannia Rescue said the data showed UK road maintenance was "severely under-funded with around £16 spent per driver on maintaining road surfaces and fixing potholes - less than 10% of the annual road tax bill".

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