Potholes in Newland Avenue blamed on rise in traffic during west Hull roadworks
DRIVERS say bad design and increased traffic have caused potholes on a busy west Hull road.
Roadworks in County Road North, Bricknell Avenue and Chanterlands Avenue have been blamed for an increase in traffic in Newland Avenue.
Traders and drivers say this, coupled with a poor design and road layout, mean there is a pothole problem in the busy shopping street.
Driver Rich Smith, 38, burst a tyre in Newland Avenue, where it meets Goddard Avenue, on his way to work.
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He was on the raised red section of road, designed to slow down drivers, when his front left tyre hit the hole.
He said: "There is no way you can speed or swerve down there – I was only doing about 18mph.
"I saw the hole but if I had moved out of the way I would have hit a car on the other side.
"There was a fairly substantial bang and when I pulled over further up the road, the tyre was as flat as a pancake.
"It was a really severe shudder – like hitting a kerb."
Mr Smith wants the council to pay for a new tyre, but the authority has refused.
Traders say the problem is the design of the road. They claim it has been designed to be a smaller, tributary road but is used as a main thoroughfare.
Adrian Wright, chairman of the Newland Traders' Association, said: "In Newland Avenue, the council keeps patching holes up instead of resurfacing the road properly but because they do a quick job, they don't last long.
"The red raised bits of tarmac seem to be worse.
"I don't understand why they were put in – they brought in a lot of measures to help slow traffic down but it is so busy and narrow, it is impossible to speed anyway."
The roads were particularly bad in west Hull earlier this month.
The closure of County Road North and the arrival of Hull Fair compounded the problem in the area.
The council said the essential works needed to be completed to make sure the highways network was maintained before the onset of winter.
Ann Whiley, 76, of Lomand Road, says the work seems to be for nothing.
She said: "They seem to be digging up all the roads but not fixing the pothole problem.
"I complained about a pothole in my road but I wasn't very satisfied with the job they did down our street.
"It has been coming up in chunks – the majority has come back up now."
Graham Hall, the assistant head of service for transport and asset management, said the council was unable to comment on individual cases like Mr Smith's.
He said: "Mr Smith is welcome to contact us to discuss his case further.
"There is a planned safety inspection programme which informs a schedule of works.
"Priority is given to those that pose the greatest safety risk.
"Last year, we repaired 4,500 potholes.
"We also rely on the public reporting potholes to the council via our website or by calling 01482 300300."