Holes in the road that our money runs down
IN A country where more than 80 per cent of passenger miles are on road, it's no surprise that the state of them crops up in conversation a lot.
While there are a lot of urban myths about how bad our roads are – in truth, they are of a much higher standard than they used to be – it looks like drivers may have a point about potholes.
In the space of four years, the numbers of potholes reported to Notts County Council by the public have shot up from just over 2,000 to more than 9,000.
Is that due to a run of bad winters, with freezing temperatures a common cause of ruptured road surfaces? Or are we not investing enough in repairs?
Landlords let us advertise your property and find you vetted tenants quickly. Our let only service is £195.
We offer full management services as well as rent guarantee and rent advance. Call us
Terms: No hidden charges, you will be informed of all costs in advance. The letting agency you can trust.
Contact: 0115 8969582
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Whatever the cause, motorists are now paying a bill which goes beyond taxes. If garages are to be believed, more of them are turning up with tyre, wheel and suspension damage caused by hitting potholes.
Local authority budgets are under pressure, and councils will argue that schools and social services must take priority. Few would quibble with that.
But road spending should not be sidelined. We are proud of our transport systems in Notts, and it would be a bitter irony if the part of the system that the vast majority of us still rely on was allowed to fall apart.