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One of our region's MP's has written to the Transport Secretary calling for action to be taken to repair potholes on our roads.
The Essex MP Priti Patel says main roads including the A12 and A120 are particularly badly affected and have taken a battering in the recent freezing weather.
It comes as motoring experts warn it will lead to a further spike in potholes. Initial figures show pothole related breakdowns have already doubled following last week's widespread snow and ice according to the RAC.
Authorities here in the East said they'd spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on compensation for drivers in 2007, including
- £73,648 in Norfolk
- £30,469 Suffolk
- £3,600 Essex
- £155,461 Hertfordshire
- £36,303 Cambridgeshire
- £35,723 Northamptonshire
The RAC received an average of 218 call outs for pothole related issues - such as damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels - between Sunday and Tuesday. Compared to 104 from February 1 to March 3.
Separate figures published by the Department for Transport show 22 cyclists have been killed and 368 seriously injured where a poor or defective road surface was a factor since 2007.
AA president Edmund King described the figures as a "tragic toll". He called for three months of local authority income from fines for parking, bus lane and yellow box offences to be diverted to road funds as an "emergency measure".
Martin Tett, the Local Government Association's transport spokesman, said: "Councils are fixing a pothole every 19 seconds despite funding pressures.
They want to do more but are trapped in an endless cycle of patching up our deteriorating network.
It would already take £12 billion and more than a decade for councils to clear the current local roads repair backlog."