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With potholes estimated to cause as many as 1 in 10 mechanical failures on UK roads and costing motorists an estimated £730 million every year, Potholes.co.uk has been created to help you avoid the cost and misery they cause thanks to Warranty Direct.

The website can provide information advising how to make a claim against a local council regarding pothole damage to your car or if you just want to report a poor piece of road. With access to similar stories and related news, Potholes.co.uk aims to help motorists fight back against this road misery.

You can also follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook page where the latest stories regarding pothole disasters and triumphs are shared. Here’s a selection of recently shared news stories this past week:

Anglesey Council Insurance Payouts – BBC News

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Insurance pay-outs from Anglesey council in North West Wales have almost cost £800,000 over the past five years. 311 insurance claims have been paid out and with another 100 still unsettled and £1.2m reserved to cover potential costs.

CTC warns Britain’s dilapidated roads are costing lives – The Telegraph

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Reported by The Telegraph, the national cycling charity CTC have suggested an increase in figures related to cyclists being killed on British roads is potentially down to local authorities failing to repair potholes.

Port of Liverpool £1.7m resurfacing project begins – Liverpool Echo

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£1.7m worth of work has begun on a major resurfacing project on one of Liverpool’s main roads. A two and a half mile stretch, covering nearly 60,000 square meters will be resurfaced. The work is set to be carried out up to February 2016.

To see more stories from the world of potholes, you can follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook and Twitter and Google+ feeds.

Mar 022010
 

hi-vis potholesPotholes on Britain’s roads could be much easier to spot in future, thanks to a design idea created by students in Italy.

The initiative was uncovered by road maintenance campaign website, Potholes.co.uk, as it continues its efforts to improve the state of the UK’s roads.

Domenico Diego and Cristina Corradini have designed the “Street Safe Initiative,” which comprises a brightly-coloured layer of asphalt a few inches beneath the surface of the road, which becomes visible when the road surface breaks up, making potholes easier to see and avoid.

The unique design will be trialled later this year in Rho, a small town close to Milan, to determine if the project is viable and cost effective, after which Diego plans to market the product across Europe.

Milan Polytechnic student Diego said: “We have compared the road surface to the human skin – when we are wounded, we start to bleed. So our idea is to put a layer of yellow asphalt beneath the tarmac, which appears and creates a high chromatic contrast that is visible from a distance.

“This way, the potholes are signalled as they appear and road users have enough time to react safely.”

Duncan McClure Fisher, Managing Director of Potholes.co.uk, said: “This is an innovative way to make potholes more visible to road users and to help reduce the damage caused to vehicles. We’re all for pothole solutions that protect the motorist from potential car damage or personal injury, but the solution is not entirely practical and it doesn’t tackle the real issue of preventing potholes in the first place.”

The trial in Italy will help Diego evaluate the cost implications of his design and its production across Europe.

Mike Conway, Managing Director of highway maintenance and construction firm, FM Conway, said: “It’s a novel idea but it’s not the right solution for the UK right now. To make layers of tarmac stick together we use a bituminous coating that acts as a glue and you’d have to go right back to the manufacturing stage and work out how to make it bright yellow.

“We should be looking at how to reduce costs by doing the job right in the first place, rather than creating expensive solutions that only have an effect once the pothole is already there.”

Jan 312010
 

potholesAs the temperature rises and the UK’s roads begin to clear following the icy weather*, campaign website Potholes.co.uk has noticed a surge in visitor numbers as record numbers of road users report poor roads across the UK.

Potholes.co.uk, which provides council contact details for people to report potholes as well as detailed advice on how to make a claim for damage caused by them, has already received more reports in January than in the whole of December, while daily visitor numbers have doubled in the past month.**

Many users of the site are describing how they’ve suffered from damaged tyres, wheels and suspension following the icy weather.

“The New Year’s ‘Pothole Season’ is well and truly upon us,” said Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct, which set up Potholes.co.uk in 2007. “We’ve seen a surge in people visiting the site and, sadly, we’re hearing the same stories again and again – people are hitting craters caused by icy conditions and already poor road quality, and they are having to pay out for new wheels and tyres.”

Ice causes potholes by breaking the asphalt apart – water runs into any cracks in a road or path and then expands as freezes, tearing the surface apart.

The ice then melts as the temperature rises above zero in the daytime, before freezing again at night and repeating the “freeze and thaw” process on a daily basis.

“The problem is made worse by the fact that in the UK, our roads are dug up so often. Trenches created by utility companies cause weaknesses that the ice gets into, and many of the pictures posted on the site are from patchwork-like roads,” says McClure Fisher. “Our users are telling us that councils are out there repairing potholes once they’re reported, but they’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Anyone can report a road defect using Potholes.co.uk, which has contact details for councils across England, Scotland and Wales.

May 292009
 

potholed roadThe actions of a small village to shame its council into repairing its roads should “act as an inspiration” for others to follow suit, says campaign website Potholes.co.uk.

Residents of North Curry compiled the 12-page dossier, including dozens of images, and presented it to Somerset County Council, in order to make officials ‘sit up and take notice.’

“This kind of public pressure is the only way things will change,” says Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct, the company behind Potholes.co.uk. “North Curry villagers have adopted a novel approach but one we applaud. We hope it acts an inspiration for other residents in towns, cities and villagers to do the same.

“They have every right to demand answers and actions from the Council. Every day we advise motorists across the country how to seek compensation after their cars have been damaged by potholes and ruts.“

McClure Fisher believes the condition of British roads has reached ‘melting point’ and that it needs a concerted plan from Central Government with funds to deliver. “I think we’re all fed up of seeing pathetically-repaired holes as part of the patch and mend policy.”

Potholes.co.uk recently declared that potholes cost British motorists £1 million per day in damage to axles and suspension, while the Asphalt Industry Alliance estimates £8.5 billion is needed to bring Britain’s road network up to scratch.