Dartford driver says Princes Road potholes are an 'accident waiting to happen'

News Shopper: Picture taken by Lee Smith of Princes Road Picture taken by Lee Smith of Princes Road

A driver has circulated a shocking picture of a pothole-ridden road in Dartford and claimed it is an "accident waiting to happen".

Lee Smith, 26, of Bexleyheath Broadway, shared the photo of Princes Road on Twitter on April 15 after the holes "nearly popped" his tyres.

The picture was retweeted six times in one day and triggered frustrated messages from fellow drivers about the states of the roads.

Mr Smith said: "These are shocking potholes in Princes Road, Dartford - accident waiting to happen.

"That photo only covers around a third of the potholes in that stretch of road.

"I nearly popped my tyres on it so stopped to take a photo. I'd hate to have been on a bike down there, very dangerous.

"I have contacted the highway agency and they've responded asking for specific locations and sent me a claim form for any damages on my car."

Kent County Council's response

A KCC spokesman told News Shopper: "In terms of Princes Road, we are due to begin resurfacing work, between 28 April and 8 May, to repair weather-damage.

"In the meantime, a highway steward will inspect the road to make sure any safety-critical repairs required are carried out before we start the resurfacing.

"In early January, when the extent of the damage caused by the severe weather became clear we immediately set aside an extra £3million to tackle this.

“Despite the increased level of potholes, we are currently fixing them with an average turn around, from reporting to fixing, of 13 days

"Residents are asked to report potholes and other faults on line at kent.gov.uk/highways

"In the event of an emergency, residents should call 03000 41 81 81.

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2:07pm Thu 17 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

If you think money will solve the problems we face then think again.
If you think money will solve the problems we face then think again. white rabbit9
  • Score: 2

2:10pm Thu 17 Apr 14

k-ashby says...

Try living here!!!!! The noise of the lorries speeding over these potholes day and night is becoming unbearable. The house often shakes and rattles too.
Try living here!!!!! The noise of the lorries speeding over these potholes day and night is becoming unbearable. The house often shakes and rattles too. k-ashby
  • Score: 1

2:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

chris8210 says...

close the road, dig it all up, relay it, use the money from our road tax
close the road, dig it all up, relay it, use the money from our road tax chris8210
  • Score: 5

5:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

chris8210 wrote:
close the road, dig it all up, relay it, use the money from our road tax
I'm afraid the money from the road taxes goes to the really intelligent people who invested there money for a return, that is where the money goes to people's pockets. This is how the rest of the utilities works too.
[quote][p][bold]chris8210[/bold] wrote: close the road, dig it all up, relay it, use the money from our road tax[/p][/quote]I'm afraid the money from the road taxes goes to the really intelligent people who invested there money for a return, that is where the money goes to people's pockets. This is how the rest of the utilities works too. white rabbit9
  • Score: 4

8:44pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ElsieH says...

You wouldn't believe how rough this feels when travelling to hospital in an ambulance. I feel for the patients.
You wouldn't believe how rough this feels when travelling to hospital in an ambulance. I feel for the patients. ElsieH
  • Score: 2

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