Busiest month ever for CTC's pothole reporting website

Cyclists' organisation warns that worst may still be to come

by Simon_MacMichael   January 27, 2010  

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Cyclists’ organization CTC has revealed that its pothole reporting website www.fillthathole.org.uk has seen its highest ever number of reports this month, with almost a week of January left. Historically, the website receives most reports during February and March when rainfall is higher, suggesting that there may be more pothole misery to come.

The spike in recent reports is due to the cold snap that the UK endured earlier this month, with snow penetrating cracks in road surfaces then expanding as it froze, forcing the tarmac apart.

With CTC expecting further deterioration in the nation’s roads over the next few months, the organisation is urging local authorities to move quickly to address the situation.

Chief executive Kevin Mayne said: “I am sure that all cyclists are seeing what I see on my daily commute: a huge increase in the size and number of potholes. Our site www.fillthathole.org.uk has received a record number of hazard reports this January – the highest monthly total we’ve ever seen. Reporting hazards on our site is an easy way to make sure councils know where they are so they can get them fixed.”

The Fill That Hole website allows users to flag up potholes and other road hazards via an interactive map. That information is then passed on to the relevant local authority, which has a duty to make sure that roads are properly maintained. CTC says that once a pothole has been logged on the website, in the event of an accident it is possible to demonstrate that the council knew about it.

That in turn allows CTC members who have been injured as a result of accidents involving potholes to recover damages from local authorities as a result of their injuries, with Kenneth Atkinson recently receiving an out-of-court settlement for £6,250 from Kent County Council after a pothole caused him to come off his bike and dislocate his shoulder.

Earlier this week, we reported that the Institute of Advanced Motorists had urged drivers to be extra vigilant regarding cyclists trying to avoid potholes, with the organisation saying, “they are entitled to a wobble and would appreciate not having a motorist attempting to overtake just as they avoid a hole in the road.”

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Hmm, I see worse potholes than that on my way home. A newly resurfaced road in South London (Dulwich Road if you must know) now has numerous potholes thanks to poor quality workmanship that has led moisture creep in at the joins. See my earlier posts about freeze thaw action. The road was only resurfaced last year and already needs repair. If the work had been done properly first time round rather than on the cheap, it would have saved a lot overall.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2308 posts]
27th January 2010 - 12:15

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OldRidgeback wrote:
Hmm, I see worse potholes than that on my way home.

maybe we should have used this one Big Grin

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7497 posts]
27th January 2010 - 13:27

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