Pothole numbers rising as winter weather takes a grip on East Anglia

Work to repair the pothole at the Civic Drive car park. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Work to repair the pothole at the Civic Drive car park. Picture: PAUL GEATER - Credit: Archant

December’s weather has so far been the perfect recipe for one of the biggest winter blights for motorists – potholes.

Winter is the worst time of the year for damage to road surfaces – potholes are formed when water gets into the road surface, freezes, thaws, which causes cracks and then breaks up.

Most potholes have to be dealt with by county council highways teams – although one of the biggest seen in Ipswich recently was on private land, at the entrance to the old Civic Centre car park near the New Wolsey Theatre.

Car park operators got a team of road engineers out to deal with that first thing on Saturday morning – allowing both the underground spiral and new surface car park to remain open on what is expected to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

However with weather forecasters expecting temperatures to rise significantly, more potholes could develop.

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We want to see any new large potholes you have seen develop over the last few days – especially any large ones.

If they are on public roads they should be reported to Suffolk County Council using their special online reporting tool which should also tell you whether it has already been reported to them.

But let us know – and send us your pictures of new large potholes – to newsroom@archant.co.uk

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