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One man's fight against the poor state of Britain's roads

One man's fight against the poor state of Britain's roads

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United Kingdom: One man's fight against the bad state of British roads

43% of England's roads are in poor condition. For 12 years, a man nicknamed “Mr. Pothole” repaired the road and humorously publicized the problem.

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43% of England's roads are in poor condition. For 12 years, a man nicknamed “Mr. Pothole” repaired the road and humorously publicized the problem.

In England, the annual report shows that 43% of roads are in poor condition. According to official data, an average of one cyclist is killed or seriously injured every week by damaged roads. Due to insufficient resources, local bodies are unable to cope with the deterioration of roads. So it became a fight for Mark Morrell, nicknamed “Mr Pothole”. He has been harassing the authorities for 12 years by complaining about potholes in his area. Thanks to him, a broken street was completely renovated.

“To repair all the roads, it will take ten years of work”

This dogged retiree managed to publicize the issue with humor by making noodles on the asphalt or parading in an army tank on the Gruyères sidewalk. This notoriety now allows him to repair potholes across the UK without ever leaving his home. “It would take ten years of work and €19 billion to rehabilitate all the roads, almost four times the annual budget for British roads.”Ambrose Boulis, a journalist from France Televisions Londres, notes.

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Barometer March 2024 National Center for Interstate Road Safety Monitoring
Press release Road safety

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Annual Report on UK Roads Maintenance By the Bitumen Union

RAC Repair Company

On public data Number of cyclists killed and seriously injured Between 2014 and 2019