Campaign

Fill that hole

Introduction

Fillthathole.org.uk

For decades CTC provided members with 'pothole cards' which allowed them to send details of potholes or other road defects to the relevant highway authority. Highway authorities welcome pothole reports from the public; although they remain ultimately responsible for inspecting and maintaining the road network.

In 2007 CTC launched a website which replaced the pothole cards with a simple interface which allowed road users to email in reports to local highway authorities. Since its launch over 65,000 road defects have been reported, over 20,000 of which have been recorded as fixed. CTC urges all members to report potholes wherever they find them - particularly where the poor conditions represent a serious risk to cyclists.

CTC also campaigns locally and nationally to ensure that local authorities have road maintenance policies which prioritise the needs of cyclists. Cyclists suffer disproportionately from damaged road surfaces and up to 15% of cyclists injured in crashes dealt with by CTC's legal services team occur due to road defects.

Recent Campaign Activity

Potholes due to lack of maintenance
Why our roads are in such a bad state Blog
Just 0.9% of the minor road network is resurfaced or strengthened each year, and a further 3.1% is surface dressing, down from double that figure, 20 years ago. The failure to maintain the roads has led to the growth in potholes reported by local authorities over recent years.
Potholes are a huge concern of cyclists on rural lanes
2 million potholes repaired last year News
Over £100m was spent filling potholes in England and Wales last year, and over £15m paid out in compensation to those injured or their vehicles damaged, according to new figures from the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey, published today.
Hazardous road surface around a drain - similar to that hit by Martyn Uzzell
Cyclist killed due to pothole, says coroner News
The cyclist, Martyn Uzzell, hit the pothole in North Yorkshire, and was thrown into the path of an oncoming car. His widow called on the local authority to repair the roads properly in advance of the arrival of le Tour de France in 2014.
New York track built through maintenance work. Photo D Passmore (CC licence)
CTC calls on councils to fund cycle facilities through road maintenance programmes News
As the Government proposes a £50m fund for maintaining pedestrian and cycling routes, CTC calls for councils to maximise the synergies between their cycling programmes and their planned road maintenance budgets.

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  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

 

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