THE cost of repairing potholes across Bexley is set to rise by £74,000 this winter.

Record rain totals and freezing temperatures have taken their toll on the boroughs 331 miles of road, racking up a repair bill of £660,000 for the year 2012/2013.

This is £559,000 more than Bexley Council spent on repairs just three-years ago, in 2009/2010, when the bill was just £101,000.

The cost has steadily increased since and last year it totalled £586,000.

Bexley Council’s cabinet member for the environment Councillor Gareth Bacon said: "The council repairs more than 2,500 potholes every year.

“They can be hazardous to motorists and cyclists, so we work hard to try and stay on top of the problem and maintain safety.”

Report potholes to Bexley Council by calling 020 8303 7777 or by clicking here.