Repairs begin to winter potholes in North Tyneside

Pothole Insurance claims for car damage caused by potholes are expected to increase

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A programme of emergency repairs has begun to 104 potholes reported across North Tyneside in less than a month.

More than £150,000 is to be spent repairing roads damaged in freezing temperatures which regularly dipped below -10C (14F).

North Tyneside Council said it had deployed dedicated engineering teams to monitor which routes were worst hit.

The authority said it repaired more than 7,000 potholes after freezing weather struck last January.

Potholes develop after water that seeps beneath the road surface freezes, which then loosens the road surface. Passing traffic, a thaw and rain complete the damage.

Ed Hodson, the council's cabinet member for the environment, said: "This is a problem created by some of the worst weather conditions ever and we are taking it very seriously in North Tyneside.

"We have allocated £150,000 to carry out the minor patching and resurfacing works needed over the next three months.

"There may be some instances where we need to consider longer-term solutions and these will be considered as part of our annual highways programme of work."

Insurance claims from drivers are expected to rise owing to potholes created by the wintry weather, according to AA Insurance.

The group urged drivers to take care after evidence from the cold snap at the start of 2010 showed damage to wheels, suspension and bodywork.

The average insurance claim for pothole damage to cars is just over £1,300, according to AA Insurance.

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