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2 million potholes repaired last year

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.
Potholes are a huge concern of cyclists on rural lanes

The report reveals that over 2 million potholes were filled in England and Wales last year, similar to previous years.

However, it's not all bad news: the budget shortfall required to repair the roads properly has fallen for the first time in years, thanks to more local authorities opting to invest more cash in long term maintenance over the last year.

But the amount required as a one-off investment to bring roads up to standard has still risen to £12bn. 

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Cyclist killed due to pothole, says coroner

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.
Hazardous road surface around a drain - similar to that hit by Martyn Uzzell

Martyn Uzzell was taking part in a Land's End to John O'Groats ride for charity when he was killed in June 2011. 

The defect - next to a drainage gully - had been reported by a policeman a month before, and inspected twice by North Yorkshire County Council.

However, the local authority failed to take action to rectify the hazard, claiming that it wasn't deep enough to warrant fixing at that time. 

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CTC calls on councils to fund cycle facilities through road maintenance programmes

22 January 2014
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.
New York track built through maintenance work. Photo D Passmore (CC licence)

CTC has welcomed Government proposals to earmark £50m annually for maintaining walking and cycling facilities, out of the £976m distributed annually to councils for local road maintenance.

However, CTC believes even more cycle-friendly improvements could be made very cost-effectively if councils considered ways to deliver new or improved cycle provision whenever they are planning to resurface a road.

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Are we getting to the bottom of the pothole problem?

10 April 2012
Why are our roads are in such a bad state? A report on potholes by the Government has been published today.
A pothole recently formed on an old road work site

For the last few months CTC has been on the project board of a Department for Transport review into why potholes are created and what local authorities should be doing to prevent them from occurring. 

This review concluded with three headline recommendations:

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