Biker warns of pothole hazards at roundabout
POTHOLE PETE has joined forces with two-wheeled motorists to prevent "accidents waiting to happen" at a roundabout in Plymouth.
The hard-hatted campaigner for better road surfaces in the city has visited the roundabout on Glen Road and Strode Road in Plympton, where potholes could potentially cause problems for motorcyclists.
Richard Thorne, motorcyclist and member of Plymouth Motorcycle Action Group, called Pete out to create awareness about the state of the roundabout.
"About three quarters of the road surface is broken up and it is full of holes," he said.
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"If my front wheel went straight over one of the potholes I could lose control of my front wheel and be unable to steer, sending me into the path of oncoming cars.
"The road surface of the roundabout is terrible and has been for years. I have emailed the authorities about the problem several times, but they have never got back to me. I think the state of it is absolutely disgusting and it makes me wonder what my council tax is being spent on."
A spokesman for Plymouth City Council, said: "Plymouth Transport and Highways has not received any reports about this roundabout and will now arrange for an inspection to take place on Thursday 1 November. Any defects found to be a safety hazard will have a temporary repair carried out within 24 hours to make the road safe until a permanent repair can take place.
"We decide when to resurface a road based on strict criteria such as road user safety, number of potholes, degree of cracking, ride quality (bumpiness), needs of local businesses, amenities, schools and public transport. We have to prioritise resources to ensure the areas in most need are tackled first.
"We rely on the public to report any defects directly to Plymouth Transport and Highways, as the information they provide actively helps us maintain the hundreds of miles of road we are responsible for. The public is our eyes and ears so we'd urge you to report any issues, potholes or other highways problems to us by either emailing email@example.com, using the reporting form on the Council's website or calling on 668000.
"We would also encourage people to visit the website www.plymouth.gov.uk and download the pothole factsheet for further detailed information."
To contact Pothole Pete email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can now follow him on Twitter @Pothole_Pete