Plymouth's plans to tackle pothole problem

Image caption The council said most potholes were repaired temporarily until more permanent work was done

Plymouth City Council may tackle its pothole problem by spending an extra £750,000 on improving the city's roads and pavements.

Last week the council revealed it had received more than 5,000 calls to its pothole phone line between 1 January and 6 March.

The improvement work will involve repairing large sections of road to prevent smaller potholes occurring.

The extra funding will be discussed by the council cabinet on 29 March.

The Conservative-controlled council said the money would come from "reprioritising" the transport budget and additional government funding.

'Harsh weather'

Councillor Kevin Wigens, cabinet member for Transport, said: "We have been working extremely hard to keep the city moving and the roads safe after the impact of the recent harsh winter weather.

"This extra funding will go a long way to help improve the condition of our roads.

"However, this is not about just throwing more money at the problem, we are also tackling future improvements in a different way.

"We are hopeful that people will notice a real difference."

The council said that between 1 January and 6 March, 92% of potholes were fixed within 24 hours of being reported.

It said the majority of potholes were given a temporary repair until more permanent repair work could be done.

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