Season for a plague of potholes
AS THE worst of the winter weather looks set to recede, it leaves in its wake one of the motorist’s’ greatest (and expensive) hazards – potholes. Insurance experts estimate that pothole-related repair bills now cost almost £730m – a 159 per cent rise in three years. And while in the north we have been beset by heavy rain and high winds, parts of southern England experienced around twice the average rainfall normally expected in December.
With local authorities calculating a road network pitted with 200,000 potholes needing repair, persistently heavy rain and flood water has now created the perfect storm for a new plague of potholes, some of which will be “invisible” as they are filled with rainwater and much harder to spot, particularly in the dark.