Beast from the East results in Pothole-related callouts up 110 per cent

Friday, March 9, 2018


The number of pothole-related callouts received by the RAC each day has more than doubled this week.


The huge increase has come in the wake of the wintry weather caused by the ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma. 


Water froze in road cracks when the Best struck causing surfaces to crumble making fresh potholes to appear.


The latest report from the RAC showed that its patrols attended 11 per cent more breakdowns in the last quarter of 2017 that could be attributed to potholes than in the same period in 2016.


Its crews dealt with a total of 2,830 such breakdowns between October and December 2017 compared with 2,547 in the same quarter of 2016.


RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “"While the snow caused serious short-term travel disruption, motorists will sadly be suffering its consequences for months and possibly years to come.


"Our roads were already in a poor state of repair before the extreme cold weather hit.


"Siberian weather was the last thing they needed as the freezing conditions wreak havoc with any road surface in bad repair.


"We fear this spring may see the emergence of almost as many potholes as daffodils."


Problems blamed on poor road surfaces included damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels.


According to the Local Government Association councils are currently fixing a pothole ever 19 seconds despite funding pressures.


AA president Edmund King added that the figures represented the "tragic toll" English weather had taken on UK roads.


A Department for Transport spokesperson said: "We know road surfaces are a concern for all road users and that is why we are providing local highway authorities in England, with just under £6 billion to help improve the condition of our local highway networks.


"We are also giving local authorities a record £296 million through the pothole action fund - that's enough to fix just under 6 million potholes. This includes an additional £46 million as announced in December last year, to help councils repair potholes that may have formed over this winter season."

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