Cyclist calls for pothole repairs

Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton has called for Britain's roads to be cleared of potholes and made safer for cyclists.

The latest figures from the Asphalt Industry Alliance show that there are an average of 10 potholes for every mile of road in England and Wales, with the total expected to soar above two million for the first time this year.

The 30-year-old cyclist said: "Following more bad weather this winter, potholes are still a serious problem for road users, particularly people cycling to work or school, cycling for fun, keeping fit, or even cycling professionally. We have to make our roads safer and more accessible for cyclists."

Earlier, the Local Government Association - the representative body for councils - warned that there was a shortfall of £165 million in council funding this year, which would thwart the prompt repairs of potholes.

Helen Melhuish of the Asphalt Industry Alliance, said: "Cyclists and motorcyclists are the road users most vulnerable to accidents caused by potholes. If the government provided more funding to help get local roads back into reasonable condition, local authorities would be better able to implement their planned preventative maintenance programmes."

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "We will invest £3 billion in maintenance over the next four years as well as spending £6 million to help local authorities make their road maintenance programmes as efficient and effective as possible."

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