Motorists dodging 6.4 pot holes per mile, AA find

Motorists in the East Midlands are forced to dodge an average of 6.4 pot holes per mile, according to a new AA Streetwatchers survey.

As reported this week, roads in and around Louth are blighted by pot holes, and the AA say that despite a local authority blitz our roads are still in a sorry state.

Eight hundred hours of surveying by AA members in their own neighbourhoods in October found that even those walking on pavements encountered an average of nearly two potholes (1.9) per mile.

Overall, the number of potholes in roads has improved from an average of 14.9 per survey last year to 12.5 this year.

Neighbouring Yorkshire and Humberside fared as one of the worst areas in the country, with an average 8.5 pot holes per mile.

Paths and pavements are marginally better, down from 4.0 to 3.7 per survey.

Signs and lines also are in need of repair. Each Streetwatcher found an average of one road sign and 3.6 road markings that they felt needed repair or replacement. Scotland, with 6.2 worn or faded road markings stood out from the next worst, Yorkshire and Humberside with 4.4.

“Only recently, the Local Government Association warned that potholes may again become a serious problem this winter with local authority budget cuts biting and no likelihood of extra government cash,” said Edmund King, the AA’s president.

“The AA Streetwatch 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.”

“We are once again grateful to our loyal band of AA Streetwatchers who have gone out and helped us take a snapshot of road and path conditions in their local area.

“This year they did noted some improvement but also continuing problems on the ground.

“Their main concern was, once more, potholes which blight some neighbourhoods, pose danger and risk damage for all road users - whether on two feet, two wheels or four wheels.

“We also had individual reports of deep potholes which are a total menace in the dark or in rain when often they are not spotted until it is too late.

“The deep potholes damage tyres and wheels and are a major safety risk for cyclists and motorcyclists.”

This week Lincolnshire County Council announced an additional £6.5 million has been made available for essential road maintenance in Lincolnshire.

The Department for Transport has given Lincolnshire County Council an additional £6.451m to be spent over the next two years on renewing, repairing and extending the life of roads across the county.

This funding can be used for improvements such as road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage caused by severe weather, such as the recent heavy rain.

Councillor William Webb, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “We’re delighted the Government has made this significant amount of additional funding available, especially given the difficult financial climate.

“Lincolnshire faces particular challenges for highways maintenance because of its size and rurality, so any additional funding is always welcome.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use, and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.

“Getting the best out our roads will also help boost the county economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”