Monster pothole opens up on major city route

The pothole has opened up at the foot of New Dover Road and Upper Chantry Lane

A massive crater has opened up at the foot of one of Canterbury busiest roads.

The pothole sits at the corner of New Dover Road and Upper Chantry Lane, an area used by thousands of cars every day.

Driver Aaren Wilkinson said: “The pothole wasn’t there a few days ago when I came past.

“But I was when coming down on Saturday, I spotted it and made sure I didn’t hit it – it’s a shocker.

” The problem is with a lot of them – the New Dover Road one included – is that you can’t see them in the dark.”

The pothole in New Dover Road

Canterbury has been plagued by potholes since the start of the year.

The Canterbury Journal reported at the start of March that Tower Way off St Peter’s Place had potholes along almost its entire length.

Freezing weather is often blamed for causing cracks in the road.

There have been concerns about the A2 between Dover and Faversham after a series of holes opened up.

Drivers on the dual carriageway between Canterbury and the Brenley Corner junction reported that some potholes were still there yesterday (Saturday) – despite repair work being done.

Kent County Council is responsible for 5,400 miles of roads in the county and is spending £5.2 million filling potholes this winter.

The former KCC cabinet member for highways Matthew Balfour said: “Potholes are one of the biggest bugbears for our residents and remain one of our top priorities each year.

“People often assume these are quick and temporary fixes but I can assure you these are not. We do a quality, first time fix, and do not expect to be back out again fixing the same pothole.

“All this work isn’t to suggest we don’t need people’s help in reporting potholes. We can’t be everywhere all the time and so I’d encourage people to go online and report potholes so we can arrange for them to be filled.”

Potholes can be reported to KCC via its website.



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