Gigantic pothole opens on busy Canterbury street

The gigantic pothole is outside the Kent and Canterbury Hospital

A massive pothole running almost 20 yards along a road has opened up outside the entrance to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

The crater runs continuously along the kerbside next to a bus stop in South Canterbury Road where people using the hospital get on and off.

It consists of crumbling tarmac, deep gouges and loose stones.

Lib Dem councillor Nick Eden-Green, who represents the Wincheap ward on Canterbury City Council, is astonished by it.

He told the Canterbury Journal: “This could be Canterbury’s biggest pothole. Perhaps we should start a competition for finding the worst one.

Pothole with K&C hospital entrance behind

“What a fitting end for any sick or frail person going to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.”

Canterbury has been plagued by potholes over the winter, including on prominent routes such as Whitstable Road and the bottom of New Dover Road.

Kent County Council, as the roads authority, mends the holes when it is notified of them.

It has carried out numerous repair works across the city in the last few months.

Potholes which opened up along the A2 following the snow in March have also been repaired. Faversham and Mid-Kent MP Helen Whateley thanked Kent Highways for the work it does.

She said: “KCC is going to spend £8m this year blitzing potholes and repairing the damage our roads have suffered during the long, cold winter.

“The rest of Brenley Corner to be resurfaced in the next two months, too. Thank you.”

Workmen have patched up Tower Way off St Peter’s Place, which had been pitted and crumbling for much of the winter and was described as one of the worst roads in the whole city.

Earlier this month, the Canterbury Journal’s science writer Adam Harding explained why potholes appear, especially in winter.


  1. The quality of tarmac used in the UK is sub-standard in the first place. It crumbles in sub-zero temperatures and melts above 28c. Of course, tipping salt on it in winter doesn’t help either. In Spain, the tarmac doesn’t melt, even when the daily temperatures in July and August exceed 40c. So simply ask Spain for the recipe of decent tarmac. If it costs more but lasts longer then surely that’s money saving?

    • We still have massive potholes along the whole section of the A28 in Thannington between Tonford Lane an Morrisons traffic lights.
      This is despite them being marked out for repair back in March. The white markings have long since worn out but the holes remain despite constant reporting.
      Back years ago when highways were based in military road council offices there were officers who were responsible for going out and surveying the streets daily. It seems that task has now fallen on the public to constantly report these issues. The old depth for pothole repair was 1″. It now states that it must be 50mm plus for action. Well that may be OK for cars but as a motorcyclist on two wheels meeting a 2″ hole is quite scary on a straight road and on a bend is absolutely terrifying.

    • holes are reappearing in the repaired A2 sections of the Boughton bypass already, so it was a cheap job…


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