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Fix county potholes 'before a biker is killed'

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 22, 2013

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BIKERS in Gloucester are pleading with the council to patch up our roads before someone gets killed.

Gloucestershire County Council's highways teams filled more than 40,000 potholes last year and the authority has recently made an extra £3million available to tackle the county's roads.

But motorcyclists in Gloucester fear the craters could end up killing a biker.

Mick Dwyer runs JoyRiders Motorcycle Tuition, in Green Lane, Hardwicke. He has major concerns.

He said: "Most roads in the county are no longer suitable to ride bikes on.

"If you don't know the road, it's dark, and you hit one of these potholes, you could quite easily come off.

"Some of the roads are dreadful.

"It is 100 per cent possible that a biker could be killed if they hit a pothole."

Roger Rowland, from Hempsted, has been riding motorbikes for 35 years. He said: "On both roundabouts at the bottom of Wooton pitch, there are deep hole hazards directly on the run-out of the corner, a serious issue for any motorcyclist.

"I now realise that I ride dodging the holes from memory.

"The problem becomes potentially lethal if I take a trip on the minor roads.

"The roads are in such a poor condition that they are dangerous to any traveller on two wheels."

Sally Godwin, local highways manager, said: "We are aware of cracks that have appeared in the road surface at these two roundabouts and work to seal the cracks is planned.

"We will be programming a date for the works as soon as possible."

"While these cracks do not tend to cause problems for most road users, they can be a problem for bikers as they are driving in the middle of the road."

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  • snapper  |  April 24 2013, 9:24AM

    Perhaps someone from County Highways would now like to comment on this disgraceful state of affairs and tell us what is planned to remedy it !

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  • tishwash  |  April 22 2013, 9:43PM

    stop patching start fixing - That should be a motto now, fed up of areas that are clearly pot holes on top of patched pot holes!

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  • Severn_Bore  |  April 22 2013, 9:02PM

    I've had occasion to travel between Gloucester and Falfield regularly over the last few months and just as I think I've learned where they all are, a host of new ones appear to trap the unwary two-wheeler. One day someone *will* be killed. Stop spending money on trendy traffic-calming measures and get the basics right! #4CB

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  • Shambler  |  April 22 2013, 8:09PM

    In my line of work I have to travel many hundreds of miles each week all over the country, I can honestly say that Gloucestershire's roads are amongst some of the worst I have seen. It isn't just the number of pot holes but the depth of them! This seems year on year to be an ever increasing problem which car, van and lorry drivers don't tend to be to affected by too much (unless they happen to buckle a wheel or get a puncture), motorbike riders are affected by these holes in the road as they could potentially cause a fatal accident when hitting one in the dark or swerving to miss them! It has struck me that for the most part that when these holes have been repaired in the past they have not been repaired to a high enough standard as within a few years they reappear in the same places! Do the road repairers not pour molten tar around the joints of the repair and original Tarmac to stop the water and frost getting in the cracks any more??.....come on We pay our taxes so get and sort out the roads before any people are seriously hurt or killed!!

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  • paul600  |  April 22 2013, 7:15PM

    This is so true.Our roads are like bomb sites!!We have to weave all over the place just to find grip for the tyres,as it's not just the pot holes,it's also the debris as the holes get bigger with other traffic going over them.I have heard of lots of car drivers saying they have had burst tyres & bent wheels.It is only a matter of time before the holes cost a life!

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  • MadameDucati  |  April 22 2013, 7:14PM

    Shurdington Rd near The Cheese Rollers is a joke as are many other roads in the area....there are also dangerous grooves in the roads and on a motorbike, your tyres get pulled into them. There are too many hazards us motorcyclists have to endure on the road from clumps of mud left by careless farmers, diesel spilt on the road, slippery road markings, manhole covers, cars.....so pot holes just add to this list. If you've only ever driven a car, you don't have a clue!!!!

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  • jackstumps  |  April 22 2013, 6:09PM

    This is a great opportunity for TIG to take up the mantle. The county's roads are in a desparate state. Blokes going around in trucks banging a bit of tarmac in a hole is not good enough. The government says they have given extra funding - yet things are getting worse. Some roads around Stroud are virtually no go areas for m/cyclists, cyclists and smaller cars in particular. Get onto Stan Waddington and find out what the hell is going on. They fixed the A46 (badly) in Woodchester recently then put a sign up warning of the frost damaged road! Why not re-surface it properly and save yourself coming back in two months?

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  • meesh4  |  April 22 2013, 4:48PM

    i was driving home from stroud yesterday and the poor motorcyclist infront of me was weaving all over the roads trying to avoid the potholes! At one point i thought he was going to come off when he had no choice but to go straight for one! disgusting roads. Bad enough for us car drivers but motorcyclists have it the worst!

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  • wifey0107  |  April 22 2013, 3:44PM

    I am disabled, going out in the car especially around podsmead in gloucester' is so bad,my husband has to try and find a different route,podsmead road leading up to tuffley avenue is appalling,,I end up not going out,everywhere we go there seems to be pot holes.so for disabled people with mobility problems it really is appalling, my husband tries his hardest to miss the holes,if a motorbike comes up behind us my hubby tends to pull out just that little more than normal, just so that the bike rider misses the holes to.our roads are diabolical.

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  • geraint2010  |  April 22 2013, 3:37PM

    Well said Walker! I have reported the shocking state this stretch of road to the Highways Agency some time ago and, while some of the potholes have been subsequently plugged, other equally dangerous holes and splits have remained untreated and the general state of the road continues to deteriorate. Considering how popular this stretch of road is with bikers and Hartpury college students it can only be a matter of time before yet another fatality occurs.

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