Sea­son for a plague of pot­holes

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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