Snow and ice ‘will cause more potholes’

Freezing temperatures will lead to more potholes on UK roads, as snowfall and ice break up road surfaces, says the RAC.

Between Sunday and Tuesday, the RAC received 218 calls for breakdowns relating to potholes, compared with 104 between February and March.

It says the extreme cold weather has caused freezing water to get into cracks on already bad road surfaces.

The Department for Transport said it was investing PS23bn on roads in England.

Local councils fix a pothole every 19 seconds, according to the Local Government Association.

Driving into them can violate suspension springtimes, damage shock absorber and distort wheels.

Parts of Wales and Yorkshire are facing fresh snowfall as schools are closed , flights are interrupted and drivers advised not to travel .~ ATAGEND

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Media captionA Devon councillor is on a one-man mission to fill potholes left by atrocious weather

The RAC said after-effects from the cold snap could last for years to come as conditions “wreak havoc” on the roads.

“Our roads were already in a poor country of repair before the extreme cold weather hitting, ” a spokesperson said

“We fear this spring may see the emergence of almost as many potholes as daffodils.”

Meanwhile, charity Cycling UK has advised potholes pose a high risk of personal injury or in the worst cases, death.

A Department for Transport spokesman said it was investing a “record” PS2 3bn on roads.

“We know road surfaces are a concern for all road users and that is why we are providing local freeway authorities in England, with just under PS6bn to help improve the condition of our local road networks.

“We are also devoting local authorities a record PS296m through the pothole action fund – that’s enough to fix simply under six million potholes.”

In Scotland, local authorities “ve been given” PS10. 4bn this year and the Scottish government says it is up to them to manage their own budgets.

A spokeswoman said the government has said it is open to discussions about the costs linked to the severe weather.

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