The country’s roads are in as bad a state as we can remember.
In the aftermath of the ‘big freeze’,
races are being cancelled, rims are getting wrecked and riders are coming a cropper.

And potholes are to blame – big ones, little ones, treacherous sunken ones, repeated rutted ones, cavernous and unapologetic ones.

With over 27,000 reported in the country and a record 2,700 complaints sent to the CTC’s FillThatHole campaign so far this month, Cycling Weekly has decided to take its own inimitable action – by reporting and adopting our own pothole.



CW's adopted pothole

CW’s very own pothole. Notice the ironic roadworks in the background.



Day 1

We’d spotted a yawning hole just a minute from the office during a lunchtime ride, just crying out for adoption. Closer inspection on foot confirmed that, given time, this blighter has the potential to be big.



Really big. Swallowing-small-children-and-domestic-animals big.

There wasn’t a minute to lose. We reported it to the CTC’s FillThatHole website; they have christened it Hazard 27310 and subsequently reported it to the Highway Authority.



All that’s left is to sit, wait and see how long our pothole takes to get filled – and how large it grows.

Detailed pothole view

An in-depth view of Hazard 27310. Aka Percy the Pothole

The vital statistics

Measurements: 25cm horizontal x 23cm vertical

Depth: 3cm

Situated: On the junction at Coombe Road and Park Lane in Croydon, fifty centimetres from the kerb and just in front of the stop lines.

CTC file: http://www.fillthathole.org.uk/hazard/27310

Status: Reported to the Highway Authority



Day 1 observations

The pothole itself contains lots of tiny fragments of tarmac and stone, where the road has been worn away. It’s difficult for cars to dodge – and a fair few don’t want to risk busting their axles on it – and even harder for cyclists.



As you will see in the first photo, it is, ironically and frustratingly, positioned mere metres from existing roadworks.





The CTC’s offering of Hazard 27310 doesn’t quite have the right ring to it, so we need a warm and cuddly name for it. Alliterative suggestions such as Paul and Percy are currently gaining support at the moment.



Situated at a busy crossroads, the amount of traffic means that Paul/Percy has the potential to grow with ominous speed. 





We will be following developments very closely in the next few weeks. Will it grow bigger and deeper? Will it get fixed? Be careful out there and stay tuned for the next installment from CW’s rim-wrecker.

Have you clocked a giant pothole in your area? Take a photo and send it to andy_mcgrath@ipcmedia.com

Cycling Weekly April 17 2014 issue
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  • robert

    The reports through fillthathole do get dealt with quickly. If the holes are more than 3 ins deep they should be fixed within 24 hours. I always rate them as ‘dangerous to cyclists’ but if they’re deep I also describe them as ‘car wheel breakers’. So far the council have been quick to repair, albeit in a temporary fashion. If you suffer damage, make a claim. It often won’t be paid but if the hole has been reported previously and no action has been taken you should be.

  • Mark

    http://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/councilnews/913370 Croydon know this is a problem – have you tried reporting it direct to them? They seem to be keen to fix stuff asap…

  • Pete Appleby

    Surely the best way is to report it to your local council, up here Perth and Kinross it works 99% of the time. Yes the CTC can add extra pressure, but if you ride with a couple of mates you can get them to report as well

  • andy

    That’s nothing! out here in the sticks of Buckinghamshire we have car breaking monster potholes.