HIGHWAYS chiefs have stepped up efforts to fix damaged roads – as cash-strapped drivers count the cost of potholes.
Derbyshire County Council has taken on extra staff to drive along 1,500 miles of the area’s most important routes – including across the High Peak – to find and fix dangerous potholes which have appeared following prolonged heavy rain.
Highways chief Cllr Simon Spencer said: “There’s no doubt our roads have taken a battering.
“Heavy and persistent rain washed away road surfaces in some areas – turning potholes into craters.
“Days of continuous rain meant we couldn’t get out there to keep on top of the repairs and this means our roads are in a pretty bad way.
“That’s why we’re surveying all our priority routes to identify dangerous defects and make them safe,” he added.
Readers have been in touch with the Buxton Advertiser to report dangerous potholes on a number of High Peak roads including in Buxton, and between Whaley Bridge and Disley.
The county council has revealed it is changing the way it deals with day-to-day pothole repairs in line with latest Government advice following a national review.
It recommends that councils should aim to cut the number of temporary quick fixes in favour of longer-term repairs.
These repairs will take longer but will be permanent and higher quality.
The news comes as a study by Halfords Autocentres reveals motorists in the Midlands fork out about £175m-a-year on repairs to rectify vehicle damage caused by potholes.
Rory Carlin, from Halfords Autocentres, said: “Even hitting a small pothole can easily have an impact on wheels, tyres and affect steering alignment – but serious suspension damage is becoming a more common occurrence.”
Potholes are formed when water seeps into the road then freezes and expands – creating a crack in the surface.
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