POTHOLES have now become a never-ending problem on our roads.
After severe winters they certainly increase dramatically and the deterioration can be especially bad after just one severe snowfall.
Some roads seem to just crumble within hours with deep potholes suddenly appearing.
The reasons are many and varied and there are a few pointers in today’s story ranging from shoddy repair work through to budget cuts.
It all makes grim reading with the expectation that as the budget cuts continue to bite, our roads will simply get worse and worse. The fear is it will all be about patching up rather than investing in proper repairs designed to last.
At one end of the scale of this pothole misery are bumpy, uncomfortable journeys.
At the other end – especially with cyclists and bikers – it can be enough to throw them off, leading to severe injuries or even worse.
Road users pay a fortune in vehicle tax every year and yet only a small amount of that ever goes back into improving the roads. Perhaps that road enhancement money is suddenly found in time for next year’s Tour De France when it hits West Yorkshire and the eyes of the world are watching.