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The variety of drivers breaking down after hitting potholes reached a three-year excessive between April and June, in response to the RAC.

The RAC reported a 15% rise from final yr’s second quarter in breakdowns attributable to poor high quality roads.

The motoring physique stated roads had not recovered from February and March’s extreme climate and councils had been “not successful the battle” in opposition to potholes.

The federal government stated it was spending £6bn to enhance England’s roads.

The RAC was known as to 4,091 pothole-related breakdowns between April and June in 2018, in contrast with 3,565 in the identical interval final yr – and essentially the most since 2015 (4,436).

Incidents included damaged suspension springs, broken shock absorbers and distorted wheels.

RAC chief engineer David Bizley stated the figures meant the protection of highway customers was “being put in danger”.

Martin Tett, the Native Authorities Affiliation’s transport spokesman, stated: “Councils are fixing a pothole each 21 seconds.

“Nonetheless, solely long-term, constant and fairer authorities funding in native highway upkeep can enable councils to embark on the widespread enchancment of our roads that’s desperately wanted.”

Most potholes develop on native roads which councils are liable for, somewhat than motorways and trunk roads.

In March, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling introduced an additional £100m was being given to councils in England for highway repairs following the extended spell of freezing climate.

In response to the RAC’s newest figures, the Division for Transport stated: “We’ve got listened to the issues of highway customers and are already offering councils in England with over £6bn to assist enhance the situation of our native highways.

“This funding features a file £296m by the Pothole Motion Fund – sufficient to repair round six million potholes.”

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