Double number of potholes after bad weather

A pothole
A pothole

Twice as many potholes as usual have appeared in North Tyneside’s roads after a bad winter.  

Almost 900 potholes were identified by North Tyneside Council – more than double the usual amount – following the extreme cold conditions and heavy rainfall.

And the council has repaired more than 700 potholes as part of a rapid response scheme.

Paul Hanson, deputy chief executive of North Tyneside Council, said: “Maintaining our roads for the benefit of motorists, public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians is one of our top priorities.

“We have experienced a prolonged spell of adverse wintry weather and residents will have seen first-hand the damage it has caused to our roads.

“In response to the damage and increased reports from motorists, we significantly increased the number of road inspections immediately after the snow cleared and we are pleased so many potholes have now been repaired.

“Like all local authorities throughout the country, because of the unprecedented numbers of potholes, we need to prioritise our response and repair the major traffic routes first and then concentrate on the quieter roads.

“We know there’s more to fix and this work is always on-going. We are identifying around 140 a week and fixing them all within 10 days, unless an urgent repair is needed, and over 70 road resurfacing projects are planned for this year.

“We’d like to thank residents who have reported issues to us and ask them to continue to do so.”

Potholes can be reported online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk.

By Laura Hill, Local Democracy Reporting Service