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‘Someone will die because of potholes’

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

  • DANGEROUS:Winston Day standing next to the pothole that caused £600 worth of damage to his car.

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AFTER forking out more than £600 to repair his damaged car, a Ruskington pensioner claims a motorcyclist would die if they hit the same pothole he went into.

Winston Day, 72, was driving his Audi A3 along Wood Lane with his wife last Tuesday morning when he accidentally drove into a pothole which burst his front tyre.

Mr Day said: “I was only doing about 20 miles per hour and I’d pulled in to let a lorry past when there was an almighty bang.

“The car was thrown side-ways and it was quite frightening.”

Mr Day managed to drive his car to the end of the road where he pulled over and changed the tyre himself at the roadside.

He added: “A motorcyclist will die along that road if it’s not repaired soon, I’m sure of it.”

The road is said to be used regularly by residents and has been used more frequently recently due to the rail bridge closures in the village. Mr Day had to pay to have the tyre replaced on his car, which he only bought two weeks ago, as well as a new alloy, wheel alignment and labour charges.

He said: “It’s a large chunk to take out of my pension.”

Rowan Smith area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council said he was sorry to hear about the incident.

He added: “We were only made aware of the potholes on Wood Lane very recently, but we have already scheduled them for repair.

“With 5,500 miles of road in Lincolnshire, we rely on the public to report potholes to us.”

Report potholes on 01522 782070 or lincolnshire.gov.uk/potholes.

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  • Bill_Bilton  |  June 28 2013, 11:32AM

    Paul Coathup, assistant director for highways and transportation at Linvcolnshire County Council, said matching the right repair to a specific fault is key. He said: "It would take £300 million to take all of Lincolnshire's roads up to standard. "This extra money won't be the answer to all the problems – it won't fix every pothole – but it is welcome and my job is to spend it as wisely as possible." The overall annual repair budget for the county's 5,500 miles of roads is £50 million and there are currently 10 reactive teams. Existing cold asphalt temporary fills to make roads safe will continue. Read more: http://tinyurl.com/o8acwyp Follow us: @thisisscunny on Twitter | thisisscunny on Facebook

  • Adam_in_Lincs  |  June 26 2013, 10:34PM

    Phil1W, there are currently 69 Audi A3s for sale on Autotrader for under £1000 - I fail to see the point in your comment. But yeah, the pot holes are dreadful yet... the majority of us will moan about them, but the majority will also fail to report any (myself included). Guess that's just how us Brits roll I guess. Moaning about things we can actually do something about (that's reporting pot holes AND working harder in life to afford Audi A3s included...)

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  • Phil1W  |  June 26 2013, 2:55PM

    If he can afford an Audi A3 I'm sure he can afford the repairs. Also, I'm sure if he looked around he'd probably find that at £600 he'd been ripped off! But then, on reflection, if he was only doing 20mph it all sounds rather exagerated!

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  • ZH875  |  June 26 2013, 1:49PM

    Missing a pothole that size.... Maybe he needs to go to Specsavers, or give up driving.

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