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Cumbria 'one of worst counties' for potholes
11:49am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
CUMBRIA is one of the UK’s top five counties when it comes to chronic pothole problems, according to research by the breakdown company Britannia Rescue.
The firm says nationwide there is an average of one hole for every mile of road and that councils stumped up a total of £2.5m in compensation in the past financial year to fix damaged cars. Cumbria County Council’s share of this was more than £104,000.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron expressed no surprise, saying the poor state of the county’s roads was one of the commonest complaints he receives from constituents.
Mr Farron said: "When I'm out knocking on doors, local residents mention to me time after time the poor state of our roads. Sadly this report shows what many drivers know, that we have so many potholes.
"I want the council to do more to deal with this. People pay enough tax for their cars; I think the least they deserve is decent roads, not roads strewn with potholes.”
Mr Farron pointed out that the average cost of a repairing a pothole was only £50. The problem in Cumbria has already been acknowledged by the Government, which is giving the county an extra £5.9m for road maintenance and repairs over two years.
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