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Blackburn's pothole numbers fall

A pothole
The song was based on a news story John Lennon read

If people in Blackburn read the news today they would learn the number of potholes has dramatically dropped.

The Beatles song A Day in the Life, stated that the Lancashire town had 4,000 holes, and the council more recently admitted they were a problem.

Tom Calver from Blackburn with Darwen Council said it paid out huge amounts in compensation because of them.

But the latest survey shows that numbers of potholes have now reached rock bottom at 360.

'Big effort'

The Beatles track on the Sgt Pepper album was reportedly taken from a news article in a local paper that John Lennon had been reading.

The lyrics read: "I read the news today oh, boy/ Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire/ And though the holes were rather small / They had to count them all / Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall."

Mr Calver said: "Obviously everyone is aware of the famous song in these parts, and potholes were certainly a problem at one stage.

"At one stage we were paying tremendous amounts out in compensation to road users who had suffered damage from holes.

"But we've made a big effort of late and have got the figure right down."

Drivers are having to contend with more than three million holes in local authority roads in England and Wales according to a new report.

Local authorities are also having to pay out over 52 million a year in compensation to road users who have suffered damage because of the holes.

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