CTC win cash to combat dangerous potholes

Fill that Hole website tells authorities to investigate broken road

A website and app system which allows cyclists to report dangerous potholes will be revamped thanks to an injection of government cash.

Cycling Charity the CTC has been given £30,000 from central government to redevelop the Fill that Hole website.

Some of the winter windfall will also be used to build an Android version the Fill that Hole iPhone app, which allows users to photograph, geo-locate and notify local authorities of dangerous potholes. Almost 100,000 potholes have been reported through the Fill That Hole system since it was launched in 2007.

Once road-owning authorities have been notified of a pothole, they are duty-bound to investigate it. It means the system can speed up action on dangerous holes.

Cycling and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill MP made the announcement on a visit to Oldham yesterday.

He said:  “At best they are an irritation but at worst they can damage vehicles and pose a serious danger to cyclists.”

CTC said the site’s redevelopment will make it more user friendly for road users and an invaluable tool for highways authorities.

Download the Fill that Hole app from iTunes.

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