Potholes are getting bigger because of shortcuts taken when repairing roads, according to a dedicated potholes website (Telegraph).
The problem has been caused by the use of a cheaper form of asphalt to carry out road repairs over the last 10 to 15 years, with potholes typically increasing in size from three to four inches, according to the Potholes.co.uk website.
Potholes.co.uk describes itself as “an independent website designed to help you, the motorist, assist your regional council, improve the state of your local roads and claim compensation if your vehicle has been damaged by potholes”. The website is backed by the warranty specialist, Warranty Direct.
Duncan McClure, from Warranty Direct, said: “The pothole epidemic is the direct result of years of underinvestment in our roads by the Government. Temporary fixes have just escalated the problem over the years and our highways have now got more holes than Swiss cheese.”
In November 2012, the Local Government Association, which is responsible for 180,000 miles of local roads, warned that England and Wales is on the cusp of a pothole crisis as a result of spending curbs which have seen the highways maintenance budget cut by nearly half a billion pounds since the Coalition came to power.
Defending the Government’s record, Norman Baker, transport minister, said: “We are providing councils with more than £3 billion between 2011 and 2015 to maintain their roads and pavements and last month announced an extra £215 million to help councils get the best out of their road network.
“This is on top of the additional £200 million we gave to councils in March 2011 to repair local roads damaged by the severe winter weather in 2010.”
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