Council repairing 800 potholes a week in Northumberland

Potholes being repaired in Northumberland Specialist contractors are helping to repair potholes in Northumberland

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Up to 800 potholes are being repaired every week across Northumberland, council bosses have revealed.

Specialist contractors have been brought in to deal with the workload, across the county's 3,100 mile (5,000km) of roads.

Northumberland County Council said it had seen a "significant increase" in reports of potholes since severe weather at the end of last year.

A council spokesman said some upland roads had still to be assessed.

Potholes develop when water seeps beneath the road surface and freezes, which then loosens the road surface. Passing traffic, a thaw and rain complete the damage.

Last year the authority repaired 19,000 potholes between February and May.

Alan Armstrong, the council's executive member for highways, said: "We are filling around 750 to 800 potholes each week at present and our teams will continue to focus on this important work until holes are made safe and we can prevent further deterioration.

"I would encourage members of the public to report potholes or damage to roads to us as soon as they can.

"In some parts of the county, particularly in the hillier areas of the north and west, the full extent of the winter damage is still to be realised as some ground temperatures have only recently risen above 0C."

The authority said staff would continue to survey the remainder of its road network well into February.

Cash from an existing highways budget of £7m is being used to carry out the repairs.

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