Cold weather blamed for rise in potholes

Cold weather blamed for rise in potholes

James Preston

Cold weather blamed for rise in potholes

The number of pothole repairs carried out in the Royal Borough almost doubled in the last financial year as harsh weather took its toll.

The Royal Borough had to carry out 4,087 carriageway repairs to defects which could be described as potholes, up from 2,575 last year.

The figure makes 2012/2013 the worst year for potholes in the Royal Borough in the past five years.

The number of members of the public contacting the council about potholes increased to 1,398 from 856 last year, with most people getting in touch with the council to report the location of potholes rather than to complain about them.

The worst affected roads were Dedworth Road in Windsor, High Street in Ascot and Forest Green Road in Holyport.

The figures, obtained from a Freedom of Information request, also show the average cost of a minor pothole repair is £56 while £317.20 has been paid out in compensation for incidents relating to potholes between April 1 2012 and March 31 2013.

The money paid out related to a single incident after a driver received tyre damage from a pothole in Henley Road in Hurley.

A spokeswoman for the borough said a prolonged period of rain, snow and low road temperatures had taken their toll, with inspectors finding previously unreported in residential roads.

More major roads also suffered problems caused by expanding ice when water gets between the two layers of road surface.

She added the council 'is always looking ahead to try and prevent deterioration of our roads' and is spending an additional £300,000 on resurfacing works across the borough.

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