Is this Northumberland’s worst road for potholes?

Potholes on the road that runs from the East Thornton junction to the main road into Netherwitton. The pictures in this gallery have been taken by Dr Brian Carolin.
Potholes on the road that runs from the East Thornton junction to the main road into Netherwitton. The pictures in this gallery have been taken by Dr Brian Carolin.

This road is so pitted with craters, it is more like a bombsite than a highway.

It has led one of its residents to ask whether it is Northumberland’s worst for potholes.

Dr Brian Carolin lives on the road that runs for just over a mile from the East Thornton junction to the main road into Netherwitton.

“Apart from the damage I am sure it is causing to vehicles, more worrying is the serious risk it poses to the many cyclists that use it,” said Brian.

“At the weekend, it is one of the most popular routes for cyclists heading north into our beautiful county and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.

“We see between 50-80 cyclists each day and the road now presents a significant safety concern.”

Brian said he has reported the state of the road to the council for more than a year, but to no avail.

“Main roads tend to be well lit; these minor roads are pitch black at night and it’s almost impossible to see the potholes until it’s too late,” he added.

A Northumberland County Council spokesman said: “We are planning to look into the state of the road on behalf of the resident.”

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The Gazette launched its Probe Into Potholes campaign in March after the horrendous weather at the beginning of the month left and the roads in a terrible state and led to a call for more Government funding.

Department for Transport figures revealed almost 200 miles of Northumberland’s minor roads and more than eight miles of its A-roads are in a poor condition.

And it was reported to Northumberland’s local area councils that it would be mid-summer before roads were back on track.

Then, at the end of March, came the news of an extra £1.85million in Government support to repair the county’s roads damaged by the winter weather.

Since then, the county council has worked hard to repair the potholes that litter the roads.