Readers driven mad by city potholes

GLASGOW drivers have been forced to fork out hundreds of pounds after falling foul of the city's latest wave of potholes.

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Reporter Megan at the huge pothole in Broomfield Road, Balornock, which has already cost one driver £300 to repair his car

After we highlighted that craters caused by the recent bad weather were making driving conditions treacherous for city motorists, readers contacted us to tell us about their bad experiences.

The Evening Times reported on Monday that one driver's car tyre exploded after he hit the metal edge of a man hole cover which had been ­exposed by a crumbling road in Waterloo Street in the city centre.

The driver, who had his four-year-old son in the car with him at the time, is facing a costly bill for a new tyre and repairs to a chipped wheel hub cap.

The monster pot hole, in Waterloo Street at its junction with Wellington Street, has now been filled in.

One of the worst in the city centre is a massive hole on Cathedral Street, at the junction with North Hanover Street, which has exposed ­cables below the road surface.

Other craters which our readers e-mailed to report to us include a deep cater in the middle of Broomfield Road, Balornock, outside Balornock Primary School, in the north of the city.

This hole, which is around 10in deep, exposes layers of tarmac and rubble from the crumbling road has been strewn across the carriageway.

One driver, who contacted us after damaging his car on the crater, is facing a bill for more than £300.

He said: "My tyre burst ­after I hit this pothole.

"It was full of water at the time as there had been a heavy rainfall, so I had no idea how deep it was."

An angry driver contacted us after struggling in Northgate Road, in Auchinairn, and said: "I was driving behind a bus and watched one side of the wheels almost disappear down a pothole which was full of water.

"The condition of the roads in this city is atrocious."

Another reader e-mailed to tell us they had to pay £70 for a new tyre and damage to a wheel after driving through a pothole on Darnick Street, Germiston.

The female driver said: "I was also nearly thrown across the road and missed another car coming up the hill."

The state of the city's roads has long been a cause of complaint for Glasgow drivers.

The Evening Times recently revealed the worst roads in the city for potholes as part of our Pothole Watch campaign.

They included Crow Road, Renfrew Road, Dumbarton Road at Clydebank and Great Western Road.

We also told you about fears fragile exhibits and artefacts transported to and from the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, in Nitshill, could be damaged after being driven over a crater-riddled road.

Glasgow City Council said that poor weather over the last couple of winters has presented the local authority with an "enormous challenge".

The city's roads ­network supports millions of miles of travel every day and experiences around 20,000 excavations by utilities and other contractors every year.

The council says the ­recent conditions have been caused by "extreme weather" more specifically the ­"prolonged and heavy rainfall this winter and extreme low temperatures of recent years".

The authority adds that over the last three years it has "rapidly increased" spending on roads in a bid to wipe out potholes.

A spokesman told the Evening Times that the details of all faults raised by our readers had been passed to roads engineers.


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