Coroner fears cy­clists at risk from pot­holes

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

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.

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