Coroner fears cyclists at risk from potholes
CYCLISTS COULD die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes, a coroner has warned.
Peter Sigee, assistant coroner for Greater Manchester North, said an apparent change in procedures on when potholes are deemed deep enough to need repair will “increase the risk of future deaths”.
His report has been sent to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling following the death of Roger Hamer, 83, who suffered fatal injuries after hitting a pothole in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, on March 5, 2016.
During Mr Hamer’s inquest, which ended in August, the jury at the coroner’s court found he probably died after his bicycle hit a pothole over 50mm deep.