Bradley: Pothole minefields compromising road safety
“There isn’t a motorist in the North who hasn’t had to traverse the pothole minefield that’s gradually been getting worse as our roads infrastructure deteriorates.
“As maintenance budgets fall in the absence of Ministerial guidance, compensation claims are through the roof, bleeding resources that could be invested in infrastructure upgrades.
“The Department for Infrastructure has told me that they are now operating on a reduced maintenance service. What this means in practice for road users is that the depth for repairing potholes on roads with a lower traffic flow has doubled to 4 inches. That means cars will have to navigate ankle deep craters before anything is done about it.
“There’s a real issue of road safety here. If something isn’t done, the potholes will get bigger and the compensation claims will increase. There needs to be direct Ministerial guidance that can only be provided by a functioning government.”