Pothole warning as cold weather hits

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A rural pressure group has urged motorists in Northamptonshire to watch out for potholes as temperatures drop.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which supports rural business and land interests, says freezing conditions in the last few days have heralded the start of this winter’s pothole season.

Temperatures are set to dip below 0C in the days to come, raising the prospect of more potholes being formed. Water expands as it freezes, and when this happens in small cracks and holes in the road, it breaks apart the surface.

The water then melts in the daytime and repeats the process the following night in a cycle that allows craters to get bigger and bigger.

Kettering-based CLA spokesman Tim Barnes-Clay said: “Potholes affect every road user – but especially motorists in rural locations where roads tend to be neglected at the best of times. Local councils need to take action in alleviating this problem but it’s also important for motorists to play their part in reporting potholes to councils.

“Potholes are not simply an irritation, they are a considerable road safety concern.

“More cold weather over the next few days will not only create more holes, it will move council staff from repairs to gritting duties, so potholes will appear faster than they get fixed. The only way to avoid damaging your car is to be on the lookout, especially on rural routes.”

Forecasters have predicted sub-zero temperatures will last until at least the end of next week.