Fast forward three decades and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps should launch a ‘pothole hotline’ to speed up repairs of the most badly damaged routes.
Already the Government has allocated the first £500m of the £2.5bn set aside in its Potholes Fund for emergency repairs. Yet, despite this, the RAC now reports a record rise in pothole-related breakdowns on UK roads after receiving 4,694 call-outs for vehicles likely to have been damaged by potholes between January and March. It says many roads “resemble the surface of the moon”.
With the deepest potholes a clear hazard, and, in some cases, a legacy of botched maintenance when utility firms dig up roads, the worst sites need to be targeted more effectively if the Government, and highways authorities, are serious about road safety.