Hole lotta trouble as ‘crater’ bursts tyres on Christmas Day

Massive pothole in Crosshill Road at junction with Boghead Road. Two cars damaged on Christmas Day.
Massive pothole in Crosshill Road at junction with Boghead Road. Two cars damaged on Christmas Day.

FED-up motorists were left counting the cost after a gaping pothole burst tyres on Christmas Day – prompting calls for swift action to improve local roads in 2013.

Motorists were left counting the cost after their cars slammed into the crater in Lenzie on December 25.

Reader Susan Brownlie, one of the drivers affected, told the Herald: “I’m wondering how long the huge pothole on Crosshill Road, at the junction with Boghead Road, has been there.

“Two cars ended up with punctures as a result, within five minutes on Christmas Day – how many more?”

The Lenzie resident added: “I couldn’t believe the size of the hole when I went back to look at it in daylight. I reported it online to the council on Christmas Day.

“My tyre was ruined and the alloy dented, so I will possibly need that repaired too.”

There has been a deluge of calls for action to tackle pothole ‘hot spots’ on the Herald’s Facebook site – including:

* Streets in Hillhead – such as Meiklehill Road, Cleddans Road, John Street, Shells Road and Highfeld Road

* Bencloich Crescent in Lennoxtown

* Park Road and Woodhill Road, Bishopbriggs

East Dunbartonshire Council has an ongoing programme to improve the area’s 500km network of roads.

It previously pledged to spent £7.3million between April 2012 and March 2013 – resurfacing roads and paths, improving street lighting, strengthening bridges, upgrading traffic signals and signs, and carrying out drainage works.

Announcing the package last year, David Devine – head of roads and neighbourhood services at the council – said: “Our programme of works is set out in advance on a priority basis in tackling all parts of the network.

“However, as well as sticking to that very important proactive plan, we aim to be flexible and reactive to ensure that defects like potholes are repaired quickly.”

Last spring saw the launch of a Pothole Action Plan after the worst of the wintry weather was a chilly memory and it is likely that will happen again in 2013.

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