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Motorists claims over potholes on the rise

When Christie Councer was driving to work, the last thing she expected was that her car would be written off when she hit a pothole. The hairdresser from Stroud is one of the growing number of angry motorists whose vehicles have been damaged.

Today a survey was published revealing that the cost of repairing potholes in the region has risen to a staggering £133 million.

Ken Goodwin reports:-

£133m pothole repair bill for West Country roads

The repair bill for the region's roads damaged by this winter's record rainfall is estimated at £133m.

A survey of Local Authority figures reveals 22,000 potholes were filled in the South West last year but it'll take 13 years to clear the repairs backlog.

John Bullock from Asphalt Industry Alliance says many roads have reached the end of their working life:

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Record rainfall leaves road maintenance afloat

A survey of Local Authorities estimates it will cost £133million to clear the repairs backlog Credit: ITV West Country

The damage caused by this winter's record rainfall, means it's estimated it will cost £133 million to get our region's roads back into reasonable condition.

A survey of Local Authority figures reveals 22,000 potholes were filled in the south west last year but it will take 13 years to clear the repairs backlog.

Five potholes for every mile of road

This pothole in Gloucester is one of many that appeared following the recent heavy rain Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A survey by the motoring organisation the AA has revealed that there are more than five potholes for every mile of road in the region. Most of them have appeared as a result of flooding and the recent cold weather.

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