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Drivers warned over pothole danger

A pothole and a car19/12/12

By Paulette Flahavin

Drivers and walkers are being endangered by potholes across the UK's road network, a poll by the AA has found.

The data resulted from AA members spending 800 hours monitoring conditions of their neighbourhoods' streets and walkways in October 2012.

The worst pothole situation was in Scotland, where each mile of road has an average of 8.9 potholes and pathways and pavements have 2.81 per mile.

Yorkshire/Humberside was the second-worst region, the poll found, with roads containing an average of 8.5 potholes per mile and pathways and pavements having 3.9 potholes per mile.

London roads boasted the fewest potholes per mile with an average of 4.9, though the capital's pathways and pavements have 2.4 per mile.

South-west England has the best pedestrian pathways as AA members only found one pothole per mile there.

 "Only recently, the Local Government Association warned that potholes may again become a serious problem this winter with local authority budget cuts biting and no likelihood of extra government cash," said AA president Edmund King.

"Our survey has found that, although patching up the roads after last winter's ravages has brought some improvement, their condition is on a knife-edge and drivers are still likely to have to dodge potholes."

Mr King said while the AA monitors saw some signs of improved road conditions this year, problems remained.

Mr King said potholes continued to be the primary worry as they are a potential danger to all who use the road, whether on two feet, two wheels or four wheels.

"We also had individual reports of deep potholes which are a total menace in the dark or in rain when often they are not spotted until it is too late. The deep potholes damage tyres and wheels and are a major safety risk for cyclists and motorcyclists," he added.

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