More than 6,000 potholes across Kirklees have been repaired over the last 12 weeks.

The council is testing out new methods of tackling potholes - a blight of motorists’ lives.

The authority says it is looking for long lasting solutions that offer value for money, make the process quicker and is suitable for both rural and urban roads.

More than 40,000 potholes are reported every year to Kirklees, and the repairs for those come out of a budget of just £650,000.

And it has been revealed that more than £33,000 in compensation has been paid out by Kirklees over a three-year period to drivers whose cars have been damaged by potholes.

Kirklees is currently testing new methods of filling potholes.

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The first test has been to cut out a diamond shape around the hole instead of a rectangle, as other councils have suggested that this shape leads to a longer-lasting repair.

Two new hole-filling materials have also been tried out: sharp asphalt and cold bitumen.

Traditionally, a rectangle would be cut by saw around the hole and cleared out before being filled with hot bitumen - a method which works well with smaller holes but is less effective on larger ones.

Kirklees Highways repairing potholes on Northfield Grove, Lockwood, using £3,000 a week technology to cut away the old tarmac.

Kirklees is using two new state of the art machines to fill holes.

The jet patcher allows for lots of holes that are close together to be filled quickly, but is disruptive for traffic and residents and can’t be used in bad weather.

The Multihog creates a neat square, causes less disruption and leaves a higher quality finish, but isn’t as quick as jet patching.

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The council will decide which method to adopt permanently next spring after assessing how well repairs have lasted.

Clr Khan said: “Kirklees Council is one of the first local authorities to use these new cost-effective and innovative techniques.

“We believe that this testing will help us make sure we fill as many potholes as we can, to the highest standard, using the best possible materials for the job.”

Clr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet member for highways and neighbourhoods, said: “Our council faces huge challenges ahead in terms of maintaining our roads due to the allocation of government resources. Weather conditions, terrain and topography are not factored in the funding allocation process, leaving councils like ours with a greater need, but less money to meet this need.”