This is how bad the potholes are on my daily commute in Lancashire

It seems like everyone is talking about potholes.
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They are everywhere, and it's getting harder and harder to avoid them.

What am I talking about? Potholes, of course.

News that Lancashire is going to get £244m to tackle the state of the roads from money that would have been spent on the HS2 project couldn't come soon enough.

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Last year I spent more than £300 replacing two front tyres damaged by potholes, and every day I am constantly having to negotiate my way around craters in the road, or brake on main roads where the surface has crumbled.

A pothole in Green Lane, WhitestakeA pothole in Green Lane, Whitestake
A pothole in Green Lane, Whitestake

So, armed with my trusty tape measure, I set off on my regular commute in South Ribble, to see just how bad things are when you get up close.

What does LCC say?

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "Potholes are caused by wet and cold weather and the particularly wet end to 2023, followed by the freezing conditions early this year, means that our roads have suffered a lot of damage recently. We have engaged extra contractors to add to the resources available to our highways teams, and they're working hard to make any repairs needed.

"We carry out our regular inspections to try to identify and repair any issues promptly before they become a risk, however potholes can go from being a small defect to becoming much bigger very quickly in the current conditions."We'd ask people to help us by reporting potholes or any other safety issues using the Love Clean Streets app, via our website or by calling our customer service centre, so that we can carry out prompt inspections and repairs."

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