Northumberland has third highest number of potholes

Northumberland has the third highest number of potholes of any county in the country. Over 51,000 potholes were recorded in the year 2021/22 according to reported recently in the Northumberland Gazette.

Potholes are caused by damage and erosion to road surfaces by heavy traffic, inclement weather and also by sub-standard repairs caused when utilities and services are being installed or repaired. Potholes are a dangerous and a significant hazard to road users. They can cause serious damage to cars, and inflict injuries on cyclists.

Labour controlled councils spend more money fixing potholes per head than the Conservatives do. In the North East funding to repair potholes has been cut by over £8 million.

Shadow Local Government Minister Sarah Owen said:

“In the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, families cannot afford the added expense of car repairs caused by potholes. The Prime Minister vowed to make potholes a thing of the past but, in another broken promise, he’s left eight million of them on our roads”

If you live in Northumberland, you can report a pothole to the County Council using this link.

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