Motorist brands Sheffield roads ‘a joke’ after tyre blow-out from pothole

Motorist Brian Dunsmuir who had a blow out on his BMW after hitting a pothole on St Aidans Road in Sheffield 'Picture by Dean Atkins
Motorist Brian Dunsmuir who had a blow out on his BMW after hitting a pothole on St Aidans Road in Sheffield 'Picture by Dean Atkins
  • Driver forced to abandon car and walk home
  • 32-year-old claims Sheffield roads are falling apart after tyre blow-out from pothole
  • Sheffield Council say the process for applying for compensation may take up to 90 days to complete
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A motorist has branded Sheffield’s roads ‘a joke’ – after his car suffered a tyre blow-out as he drove home.

Bus driver Brian Dunsmuir was forced to abandon his BMW car and walk three miles home to Darnall after the blow-out on St Aidan’s Road, Norfolk Park, on Sunday, at about 10pm.

And the 32-year-old was further angered after Sheffield Council told him the process for applying for compensation may take up to 90 days to complete.

He said: “I hit a pothole – it was massive.

“Normally BMW cars come with something to blow the tyre up, but it had blown a big hole in the tyre so I couldn’t do that.

“Friends and family were in bed. I was left stranded and I had to walk home quite a few miles in the cold.

Potholes filled overnight after Motorist Brian Dunsmuir who had a blow out on his BMW after hitting a pothole on St Aidans Road in Sheffield Picture by Dean Atkins

Potholes filled overnight after Motorist Brian Dunsmuir who had a blow out on his BMW after hitting a pothole on St Aidans Road in Sheffield Picture by Dean Atkins

“It was quite a considerable walk, but I didn’t have money for a taxi on me.”

The council is currently resurfacing Sheffield roads and pavements as part of a £5 billion scheme with highways contractor Amey.

Mr Dunsmuir said he was concerned his car may have suffered more damage than just a tyre.

He said: “I phoned the council in the morning and explained what happened and I was told I need to fill in a form and then send it away. So at the moment, I am left without a vehicle.

I’m a hard-working person who has been left without a vehicle because of the state of Sheffield’s roads. What if it had been an ambulance driving down there which hit it?

Brian Dunsmuir

“I need to get quotes for things and they will pay out for the cheapest quote. The problem is it can take up to 90 days and it is not guaranteed they are going to pay anything out.”

Mr Dunsmuir said he is waiting for a back operation for a slipped disc, which has been further affected by his long walk home – and he called on the council to provide him with a courtesy car.

Brian said: “I’m a hard-working person who has been left without a vehicle because of the state of Sheffield’s roads. What if it had been an ambulance driving down there which hit it?

“The roads are a joke. The place is falling apart. I’m disgusted with it.”

Motorist Brian Dunsmuir who had a blow out on his BMW after hitting a pothole on St Aidans Road in Sheffield' Picture by Dean Atkins

Motorist Brian Dunsmuir who had a blow out on his BMW after hitting a pothole on St Aidans Road in Sheffield' Picture by Dean Atkins

A Streets Ahead spokesman said the pothole would be in the process of being repaired and it is hoped the claim for damage can be dealt with within 30 days after it is investigated.

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Motorist Brian Dunsmuir who had a blow out on his BMW after hitting a pothole on St Aidans Road in Sheffield 'Picture by Dean Atkins

Motorist Brian Dunsmuir who had a blow out on his BMW after hitting a pothole on St Aidans Road in Sheffield 'Picture by Dean Atkins