Cyclists in Leeds will soon be able to report potholes - via a click of their mobile phone.
Whitehall is giving £30,000 to help cycling charity the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC), revamp its “Fill That Hole” website and develop a new app.
King Lane in Moortown was recently revealed as being one of the worst streets in the country for potholes - with Leeds City Council having forked out more than half a million pounds to people injured by poorly maintained pavements. More than nine million iPhone users can download the website’s current app to report potholed roads to their councils.
The new app could boost that figure to more than 26 million and is expected to be ready in February, at the start of “pothole season”, when the winter damage to roads is at its worst.
Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: “The Government is serious about tackling potholes.
“At best they are an irritation but at worst they can damage vehicles and pose a serious danger to cyclists.
“That is why we want people to tell councils where to find them so they can fill them in. This app means more people are going to be able to report potholes more easily.”
Earlier this year the YEP revealed that a total of £526,449 was paid to the personal injury claimants by cash-strapped Leeds City Council over the course of the last four financial years. The council received 1,167 claims for compensation for injuries related to uneven or neglected pavements during the same period, although it is not clear how many of those were successful.
The pavement payouts were criticised by the TaxPayers’ Alliance while concerns have also been voiced by campaigners for people with sight loss problems.
The council gets 20,000 pothole reports every year - the equivalent of around 75 per day.