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Drivers urged to report potholes in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council and Amey, the company responsible for looking after the county’s roads, are urging motorists in the region to report any potholes and take additional care as the wet weather of 2012 has led to the deterioration of road surfaces.

After the second wettest year on record, the road network across the country is suffering from a higher than normal number of road defects and Herefordshire is no exception. Over 200 potholes have been reported to the council since the beginning of January and maintenance teams are out on the network carrying out repairs.

John Maddy, principle operations manager for Amey, said maintenance teams are working hard to carry out necessary repairs:

“The unprecedented wet weather and flooding in the region has meant we are now seeing a high volume of defects appearing on the road network.

“Our teams are working hard to carry out repairs on Herefordshire’s roads and we have additional patrol teams inspecting the highways to identify and prioritise the worst hit areas. However we would encourage residents to continue to report any potholes so we can arrange to repair them as soon as possible to make sure highways are safe.”

Clive Hall, head of highways and community services for Herefordshire Council, added:
“This issue is occurring nationwide following the second wettest year on record and our priority is the safety of the Herefordshire’s road users. We are urging motorists to be aware of this when travelling around the county and to help us by reporting any potholes they see.”

While the wet weather has stopped for now, forecasters are warning of a drop in temperatures, something that could cause further damage to the county’s roads.  Residents are being asked to report any defects to Herefordshire Council by calling 01432 261800 or emailing streets@herefordshire.gov.uk.