The roads that drive you potty...

IT’S that time of year again when motorists are put out by persistent pot holes.

When we asked our readers where to find the worst potholes in Worksop, we were inundated with responses. And our photographers got busy snapping away at the most notorious pot-spots.

After a prolonged spell of bad weather, it seems everywhere you look the roads are crumbling.

But millions of pounds are spent on road repairs every year - so why are Worksop’s roads in such a state?

Lots of you were angry about the state of the A57 between Gateford and Lindrick which had dozens of potholes, some of which felt dangerously deep and wide.

“It is shocking there and has been for a long time. Seems to be getting worse now,” reader Vicky Ridsdale told us.

Michael Theaker added: “To say that this is a busy main A road it’s appalling.”

Colin Knight, highways network manager at Rotherham Council, which is responsible for maintaining that stretch of the A57 said repairs have now been done.

He said the authority aimed to ensure Rotherham’s roads and footpaths met nationally recognised safety standards, through routine inspections across the borough.

Pothole repairs across Rotherham cost nearly half a million pounds each year. It has also shelled out more than £10,000 on car repair compensation pay-outs over the last three years.

“The network assessment team are aware of the general condition of the A57 at this location and will be preparing maintenance works schemes,” said Mr Knight.

“These will be considered as part of our future works programme after the completion of the major works that are currently being carried out on the A57.”

Elsewhere we found big holes in the road surface on Victoria Road, Manton Villas, Kilton Hill, Worksop Road at Woodsetts and the A619 near Whitwell Wood, to name a few.

Notts County Council spends £2.8m a year repairing potholes around the county.

During the 2012 financial year the council’s highways inspectors detected almost 30,000 potholes in need of repair. And 7,000 were reported by the public.

A spokesman explained that potholes are always worse during winter because of the freeze /thaw effect of water breaking up the surface. But they are inspected and repaired throughout the year.

The council will allocate an extra £1 million towards repairing 5,000 more potholes over the next year, after a survey revealed road repairs were a top priority for residents.