Concerns over Derry pot holes

A pothole on the Glenshane Road earlier this year.
A pothole on the Glenshane Road earlier this year.

Concerns have been raised over pot holes on local roads as it emerged government officials are preparing to slash the frequency of inspections on many roads from today.

Sinn Fein Councillor Paul Fleming has raised concerns over the potential safety impact of road defects locally. Colr. Fleming said he has made use of a new log system on a number of occasions recently to report pot holes in the Strathfoyle and Park areas. He had also asked what the current policy was for faults being assessed on local roads.

He said: “Pot holes can cause motorists to swerve or change direction in order to avoid doing damage to their car. This means potentially endangering other motorists and pedestrians. Furthermore, pot holes can mean costly repairs for car owners in a financial climate that they can ill afford.”

Transport NI have stated that from today, inspection intervals will change for “medium and low traffic routes from two months and four months to three months and six months respectively”, due to resourcing levels.