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Potholes mended after icy weather

Potholes can develop in hours when the road is brittle and cold

Twelve extra teams are helping to mend potholes in Surrey after icy weather.

Surrey County Council said it had 15 teams that regularly deal with pothole repairs and 12 teams which normally deal with minor repairs.

The authority said it had diverted the 12 teams s to deal purely with potholes over the next two weeks.

Councillor David Munro said icy conditions could see a hole grow to the size of a fist in a couple of hours and the size of a dining table overnight.

The road surface can deteriorate literally in hours
Councillor David Munro

During severe weather, the road becomes brittle because the cold and cracks develop, he added.

If water gets in and freezes, it expands and makes the crack bigger, he said.

He said: "The road surface can deteriorate literally in hours and it is essential that we deal with cracks and potholes as quickly as possible, both to preserve the highway and to keep road-users safe.

"We are therefore making sure we have as big a workforce as possible dealing with the damage."

He urged residents to report potholes to the council in order to speed up the process.

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