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Pothole league table exposes local authorities



Spotted on the streets of south London

Potholes, capable of inflicting punctures on even the sturdiest of tyres, are the nemesis for any commuter. A pothole can ruin your day.

With winter on its way, expect to see more potholes, golf-ball sized or downright dangerous craters, appearing on your roads as the freeze-thaw takes its toll on the Tarmac.

Hats off, then, to the Cyclists’ Touring Club for www.fillthathole.org.uk – the website, with corresponding iPhone app to boot, where riders can report potholes and the details are then passed onto the relevant local authority to fix.

Offending authorities can now be praised or named and shamed – and the latest league table does just that.

Redbridge and Luton top the bill, fixing 100 per cent of their 26 and 17 reports respectively. Of course, like any statistics, the figures are easily skewed – larger local authorities and urban areas will have more road, more cyclists, more traffic and, therefore it’s safe to assume, more potholes to see to.

High praise then to Cumbria who lie third, fixing 99 per cent of 344 reports across their 4785 miles of highway.

And don’t be too hard on bottom-ranked Shetland who failed to fix a single report – although only three were received.

That’s not to say there aren’t any serious offenders languishing in the lower reaches. Dumfries and Galloway lie in the relegation zone with just nine fixed reports from 207, while Transport for London sit 192nd from 212 with a paltry 15 per cent success record. Over to you Boris Johnson.

Head over to www.fillthathole.org.uk/league-table to see how your local authority fared.

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