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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Driving me mad

Cumbria is a beautiful place to live and work in – it’s just a shame it’s such a pain to try and enjoy it.

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Gone to pot: Cumbria’s roads pockmarked and booby-trapped with a staggering 40,000 potholes

Blessed with mountains and lakes and a fantastic coastline, it has to be one of the toughest county’s to drive in.

Some of us enjoy the narrow twisting roads. But their condition is usually appalling.

Even the A roads are hazardous with the battering they take from the lorries and transporters that cross from the motorway.

We have almost 5,000 miles of roads zigging and sagging across the county. These are pockmarked and booby-trapped with a staggering 40,000 potholes.

That’s 40,000 chances of causing accident and injury, let alone unnecessary damage to vehicles.

Severe wet weather is to blame for this, which begs the question: why?

Doesn’t the county’s transport department realise that Cumbria endures one of the highest rainfalls in the country – so much rainfall that it regularly leads to flooding?

Could we not carry out repairs that would be able to withstand heavy rainfall, are there no drainage measures that could be taken to prevent or lessen the effects of any flooding?

On top of this, Carlisle and Cockermouth now face major upheaval as roadworks are carried out for months on end.

I understand that our roads do need to be ripped up from time to time to upgrade utilities or help provide new amenities or housing.

But can’t the wealthy developers who will eventually make money from motorist’s misery and the utility firms who never reduce their prices do more to keep the chaos and distress to a minimum?

Instead of closing down an entire road, can’t we keep at least one lane open and can’t we make repairs that last more than a few months?

It’s time our roads chiefs got tougher with those firms that dig up our highways and streets and raised standards on the quality of work that should be carried out.

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