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Pothole peril hits pockets

A BRISK bike ride was the order of the day at the weekend given the good weather, but what a shock to discover the mess our roads are in.

A BRISK bike ride was the order of the day at the weekend given the good weather, but what a shock to discover the mess our roads are in.

They are literally peppered with potholes, some big enough to not only wreck a bike wheel and throw a cyclist off, but damage the suspension of a motor car.

They’re not to hard to avoid in daylight, although I can see drivers getting a tad annoyed if presented with erratic cyclists, but at night and in the wet, when they are full of water, potholes are a real hazard.

All too often it’s an earlier repair that has opened up; water seeps in, freezes then expands, loosening the repair, ready for a juggernaut or truck to rip it out come the thaw.

Luckily, Solihull didn’t appear as bad as parts of Warwickshire and Worcestershire, but the bottom line is that we’re all going to have to pay for the repair of the roads, or put up with the pot holes. It’s yet another drain on our resources – and those of our local authority.

 

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