Repairs to nearly 10,000 Gloucestershire potholes in just three months
REPAIRS to pothole-ridden roads reached almost 10,000 between October and November, new figures have revealed.
It came as the county's streets were bombarded with heavy rain and freezing temperatures, leaving highways officers with more emergency calls than they had expected.
Problems peaked in November, when Gloucestershire Highways had to tackle double its usual number of emergency repair calls.
More bad weather came in January, although figures for the first months of the year have not been released. But despite the extraordinary circumstances, highways chiefs insisted they were winning the battle.
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Officers said they had completed 98 per cent of all two hour emergency repairs on time and 100 per cent of all 24 hour repairs by using every available resource.
Scott Tompkins, network manager for Gloucestershire Highways, said: "In an average year, Gloucestershire Highways deals with 25,000 to 30,000 potholes.
"In Gloucestershire we are responsible for maintaining over 3,000 miles of road in a safe condition and inspect roads regularly.
"In the last three months, following the wettest year on record and a period of cold weather, reported pothole numbers have increased and we have been putting every available resource into repairing them as quickly as possible."
Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet recently announced an extra £3 million to deal with potholes.
However, the figures have left some motorists scratching their heads with many roads still littered with holes.
Kelvin Barnett, who lives in Greet, said his wife damaged her car after hitting a hole on Cleeve Hill.
He added: "The roads in and around Cheltenham are an absolute disgrace.
"With many cars having low profile tyres, this makes them even more of a danger to the driver and potential damage to the car as my wife found out the other day, when she hit one on Cleeve Hill, blowing out her tyre and causing her the expense of a new tyre that had only done a thousand miles."
Gloucestershire Highways has said it has filled 43,969 holes so far in 2012/13.
Insurance claims against the authority also peaked between October and December, with 125 made against the council.
Only 11 of these claims were successful but the combined bill totalled an exorbitant £447,000.
The size of the settlements has been attributed to one 'complex claim' dating from 2008 which has now been finalised.