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'Worst road in Britain' repaired

Netherhall Road pothole
The city council says it prioritises the most heavily used roads

A Leicester road blighted by up to 100 potholes is to receive a £50,000 makeover following a two-year campaign for action by residents.

Motorists had complained the uneven surface on a mile-long stretch of Netherhall Road, in Netherhall, was damaging cars.

The road was dubbed "Britain's worst" in national newspapers.

Leicester City Council officials said the work was carried out as soon as "our budget would allow".

Residents said some of the potholes were up to 5ft (1.5m) long.

Limited budget

Workmen moved in to repair the damage this week.

Councillor Barbara Potter, who led the campaign, said: "I use the road every day myself.

"It's causing damage to cars' shock absorbers."

A spokesman for Leicester City Council said: "We are responsible for maintaining an extensive network of roads across the city, within a limited budget.

"As a result, we focus on the most heavily used roads as a priority.

"We carried out the work on Netherhall Road as soon as our work schedule and our budget would allow."

The road is closed between Austin Rise and New Romney Crescent while the work is carried out. It is due to be completed on Friday.

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