Increase in Stoke-on-Trent roads deemed poor due to ‘ridiculous’ potholes

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A recent investigation has revealed that Stoke-on-Trent is one of the cities that has had the biggest increase in damaged roads from 2009 – 2017.

Stoke-on-Trent was named as one of thirteen local authority areas in England, that saw an increase in the proportion of their roads being deemed poor.

Results published by BBC’s Shared Data Unit also named York, Hartlepool, Wigan, West Sussex, Portsmouth, Solihull, Barking and Dagenham, Kingston-upon-Thames, Bury, Stockport, Herefordshire and Manchester as some of the worst.

The investigation, which focuses on measuring the extent of defects such as bumpiness and cracking of the road surface, revealed that 3% of A-roads and 5% of minor roads in England were deemed poor.

The RAC say they have seen an “astonishing” 11% increase in breakdowns caused by poor quality roads, between the period of three months (October 2017 – December 2017).

They also say that the number of drivers breaking down after hitting a pothole has seen a “concerning” rise.

Local residents and roadside assistance companies have expressed their frustration with the bad road conditions in the city.

Annie James, 49, from Heron Cross, said: “Someone is going to have a serious accident if something is not done about the problem soon.

“People often have to swerve to avoid them, sometimes going onto the opposite side of the road.

“All it takes is one speeding driver for it to become something serious.”

A Blurton resident who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s ridiculous. Half the time I can’t drive down my own road without hitting one.

“They are all over the place, everywhere you go you see one here, one there, they are just unavoidable.

“The council really need to do something about it.”

Car Mechanic Jamie Begley, from Cargo 4 Service in Shelton, said: “Let’s also think about the elderly crossing the road, the blind or people with pushchairs, it can threaten their safety if roads are not for fit.

“If you look at the roundabout on the top of Snow Hill [Shelton], to navigate yourself on a motorbike or in a car is just chaotic, with all the holes in the ground.

“With the amount of money taken for road tax, the roads should be repaired because its dangerous.”

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