Concern over potholes

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Drivers and politicians in Sheffield have expressed concern about an ‘extremely worrying’ new rule change which means the Highways Agency can leave potholes on A roads and motorways unrepaired for weeks.

Previous rules meant highways workers had to fix any reported road problems within 24 hours.

Now the Highways Agency has introduced new rules that only potholes more than 15cm wide or 4cm deep will be urgently fixed. Any smaller pothole could be left for weeks or longer before it is eventually patched up.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Central Sheffield, said: “This is extremely worrying. It will be damaging to cars and dangerous for drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists.”

But Coun Bryan Lodge, Sheffield Council Labour deputy leader, said: “Roads maintained by the Highways Agency represent only one per cent of the city’s total highway network, so people should not be too alarmed.”