Cumbria among worst places for potholes
Last updated at 11:55, Saturday, 12 October 2013
Cumbria is in the five worst-hit counties in the UK suffering from a ‘pothole epidemic’.
Nationwide, there’s one hole for every miles of road, according to breakdown company Britannia Rescue.
Cumbria County Council paid out more than £104,000 to drivers in the last financial year.
The average cost of a repairing a pothole only costs £50.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron helped secure an extra £5.9m of roads investment for Cumbria from government over the next two years. Cumbria will be given £3,89m in 2013/14 and £2,082m in 2014/15.
In 2010/11 Cumbria County Council spent £19.2m of its own budget on road maintenance. This was increased to £21.5m in 2011/12.
Mr Farron said: “When I’m out knocking on doors, local residents mention to me time after time the poor state of our roads.
“Sadly this report shows what many drivers know, that we have so many potholes.
“I want the council to do more to deal with this.
“People pay enough tax for their cars; I think the least they deserve is decent roads, not roads strewn with potholes.”
First published at 10:56, Saturday, 12 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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C.C.C. have been a joke for a long time now unable to get the basics right. Doing a proper fix on a road rather than the bodge-it-and-leg-it approach would be a good start. Also prioritising which roads get sorted would be a good idea - as an example the B6412 Langwathby to Culgaith road has been very well maintained and recoated with tarmac and chippings a number of times in the last decade; however Stagstones Road which leads over the edge of the Beacon past the Roundthorn Hotel in Penrith is in a terrible state with no sign of tarmac or chipping in the last decade or more. The C.C.C. approach to fixing this road has been to drop something into the pothole and whack it down in the hope it'll stick, repairs normally last until it rains then they're washed away. So why do they maintain one route continually and ignore others, we all pay our taxes so why don't they do some work?
There are some roads in the County that look like they'll fall apart completely the next time we get some bad weather, it boring listening to constant excuses from C.C.C. let's see some action instead.
If the County Councils subcontractors, their subcontractors,and their subcontractors stopped taking their cut along the way, then there might be a situation where we don't end up with a person and a bucket of tarmac standing in the middle of a the road filling a hole full of rainwater,no road warning signs and only a high vis vest.
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