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Potholes and poorly maintained roads are always making headlines, which just goes to prove what a major source of heartache they are for the nation's motorists. Below you'll find links to just some of the many news stories on the topic of potholes that appear every week.

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Date: 20/11/2016, Source: City A.M

Potholes beware: UK's roads to get a £1.3bn boost in Philip Hammond's infrastructure-intensive first Autumn Statement

A £1.3bn funding boost to go towards improving Britain's roads will be one of the key infrastructure policies announced in Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement next week.

Infrastructure investment will be "at the heart" of the mini-Budget, the government said today, will policies targeting long-term economic growth and productivity. An industrial strategy will also be published in the coming weeks.

The roads investment will prioritise small projects that will relieve congestion and "deliver much needed upgrades on existing networks". Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 18/11/2016, Source: Larne Times

Repair 300 street lights and potholes

Mid & East Antrim has a total of 191 street lighting outages and 88 potholes requiring repairs, it has been revealed. The figures emerged after a question from UUP Knockagh Councillor Andrew Wilson, who sits on the council’s Community Planning Committee.

A Transport NI spokesperson told Mr Wilson: “Within the Mid & East Antrim area on the 10th November, 88 patching repairs were outstanding. “The majority of these repairs will be completed within the current maintenance guidelines target dates which is based on the severity of the defect. “There are currently 191 street lighting outages in the area.”
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Date: 18/11/2016, Source: BBC News

Glasgow doubles budget to fill 20,000 potholes

Scotland's largest council has doubled its road repair budget in a bid to fill at least 20,000 potholes.

Glasgow City Council had committed £8m to tackle defects in the current financial year. This will be increased to £16m before the end of March.
The extra funds will also help resurface more than 200 residential streets and 50km of pavements.

The authority said the amount of patch repairs carried out on roads would be enough to cover 23 football pitches. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 17/11/2016, Source: Cornish & Devon Post

Valley volunteers and quarrymen tackle potholes near Wacker Quay

TAMAR Community Trust and its ‘valley volunteers’ recently combined forces with Greystone Quarrymen in July, to complete an interim fix to the potholes in the car park near to Wacker Quay.

As well as their muscle, the quarrymen brought 16 tonnes of aggregate to site in a dumper truck and wheel-barrowed it all down the slope to the car park. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 15/11/2016, Source: The Telegraph

Infamous potholed road repaired, but only outside Prince Charles's house

Now it has at last been repaired, but only on the stretch outside the Prince of Wales' estate.

Highgrove House, just south-west of Tetbury, Gloucestershire, is the family residence of the Prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The elegant Georgian property sits off Bath Road, otherwise known as the A433, which has now been fixed, if only along the 500-yard stretch in front of the estate.

Two entrances to the house are situated on this repaired section of road, including one for the royal couple. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 10/11/2016, Source: Oldham Evening Chronicle

Pothole complaints nosedive

REPORTS of potholes in the borough are falling as Oldham tries to climb down from the pinnacle of the pothole league of shame.

Oldham Council have received a sharp drop in notifications regarding potholes in the borough as they received 2,293 complaints in 2015/16. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 09/11/2016, Source: Worcester News

Council winning the war on potholes as 16,000 get repaired since spring

Council chiefs say they are winning the war against potholes - with 12,000 expected to be repaired over the bitter winter months ahead.

New figures from Worcestershire County Council have revealed how a whopping 16,000 potholes have been repaired since April in preparation for the cold season.

The overall figure for the entire 2016/17 financial year ending in March is expected to reach 27,000 or 28,000, with around 500 being repaired each week.

It comes with temperatures plunging across the county, with most drivers waking up to hard frosts this week in sub-zero conditions.

The Government has awarded County Hall an extra £829,000 this year to repair potholes under a special fund. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 05/11/2016, Source: Kent News

Claims over pothole pain rocket - but just 10 per cent get payout

Kent County Council fields one of the highest number of claims for damage caused by potholes, a survey has found - but just 10 per cent receive any payout.

The RAC Foundation checks the totals for all of the councils in the UK, and found Kent sits at number four in the charts for the sheer number of claims put in.

It says Kent County Council was hit with 1,120 claims but paid out on just 112 of them with an outlay of £30,948 - that’s just under £280 each.

By comparison, Hampshire is at the top of the table with 1,952 claims. That county council paid out on 306 of them for a total of £103,480; an average of just under £340 each. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 29/10/2016, Source: The Mirror

14 years to fix Britain's potholes as backlog grows and repair budgets shrink

Disgruntled motorists have been warned the misery caused by potholes is going to get even deeper.

Fixing all those annoying craters on Britain’s roads will take 14 years, an investigation has revealed.

The repairs backlog has grown from 10.9 years a decade ago.

Councils fix almost two million potholes a year – an average of 12,000 potholes for each local authority.

But the average English council faces a £69 million estimated one-time cost to brings its roads up to a reasonable condition.

Town hall bosses say speedy action is needed to tackle the backlog being caused by huge funding cuts. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 26/10/2016, Source: Daily Mail

Pensioner, 89, whose Mercedes was wrecked by pothole outside his house wins nearly £5,000 from council in case that could unleash flood of claims

A pensioner whose Mercedes was damaged by potholes has won almost £5,000 from the council – in a landmark case that could spark hundreds more claims.

Ken Jones, 89, has won a £5,000 settlement after taking Cheshire East Council to a small claims court over the damage a pothole caused to his Mercedes C-class.

He was left with a £4,000 repair bill for his vehicle after its automatic transmission needed replacing when he hit a pothole near his home in Knutsford, Cheshire.

After notifying Cheshire East Council of the incident in February, he was asked to fill out a questionnaire.

But unhappy with the process, he decided to take the council to the small claims court and has now won the substantial damages sum. Read this News (opens in new window)

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