Pothole bills are ‘ticking time bomb’

THE major repair bill for the region’s roads is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode on its economy, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East.

Members believe some of the multimillion pound cost for replacing potholes could have been avoided if they had been more effectively repaired rather than just patched-up.

Penny Marshall, Interim Director of ICE North East, said: “It’s a case of quick fixes leading to greater problems down the line. This is now a massive job for local authorities.”