Pedestrians are in danger of becoming the new victims of potholes, according to a study by the AA (Telegraph).
An inspection by 800 AA ‘street watchers’ found that the condition of pavements and footways has worsened over the past year, while roads have marginally improved.
Each street watcher found an average of 10 holes and crevices on walkways, compared with 7.6 last year.
Even where repairs had been carried out the quality was poor, while an increasing number of poorly replaced inspection covers poses another growing hazard to those on foot.
In particular, London’s pavements have deteriorated significantly over the past year, with each AA inspector finding nearly 19 faults, compared with fewer than 11 in October 2011.
Luke Bosdet, of the AA, said: “People who get out of their car and walk are in as much danger of falling in a pothole than if they stayed behind wheel.
“This is particularly bad news for cyclists who stray onto the footpath thinking it is safer, when they are just as likely to be capsized off their bike by a pothole.”
Edmund King, the AA’s president, said: “Only recently, the Local Government Association warned that potholes may again become a serious problem this winter with local authority budget cuts biting.
“Our survey has found that, although patching up the roads after last winter’s ravages has brought some improvement, their condition is on a knife-edge and drivers are still likely to have to dodge potholes.”
Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said the Government has allocated an additional £215 million to tackle potholes.
He said: “It is ultimately up to councils to determine how they prioritise their funding, but we want to help them get the best value for money.”
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