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Fears for spring pothole plague in wake of freezing weather

Last week’s extreme cold snap could lead to a spring pothole plague across the UK, according to the RAC.

The Siberian weather seen last week could bring about a pothole plague this spring

The Siberian weather seen last week could bring about a pothole plague this spring

The organisation is warning that roads that are already pothole-ridden could suffer further degradation as a result of water having made its way into cracks, freezing and then expanding during last week’s Siberian blast, breaking up surfaces even more.

The warning comes as the RAC publishes its Guide to the Great British Pothole and Other Road Surface Defects, written in partnership with pothole campaigner Mark Morrell.

The guide has a serious side: the aim is to encourage more road users to report potholes and surface defects so that highways authorities can fix them while calling on the government to give local authorities the certainty of sufficient ring-fenced, long-term funding to enable them to bring all of the UK’s roads up to a standard that is fit for purpose.

To view the RAC Guide to the Great British Pothole and Other Road Surface Defects, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.