Three-year high for pothole-related breakdowns

The RAC has reported a 15 per cent rise in the number of drivers breaking down after hitting potholes, with the figures between April and June marking a three-year high.

With roads having not recovered from severe weather in February ad March, the RAC reports that it was called to 4,091 pothole-related breakdowns between April and June in 2018, compared with 3,565 in the same period last year - and the most since 2015. The main source of incidents included broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers and distorted wheels.

In response to the reports, the government reiterated that it was spending £6 billion to improve England's roads and the Local Government Association claiming that a pothole was being fixed by councils ‘every 21 seconds’. In fact, the government announced that it was to give an extra £100 million to councils in March for road repairs following the prolonged spell of freezing weather.

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