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POTHOLE PROBLEMS: Drainage issues create more damage to road surface in Kings Langley

 Published on: 16th October 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Potholes in Kings Langley are becoming a danger to drivers and cyclists alike as drainage problems continue to create weaknesses in the road surface.

A resident contacted KingsNews to express his concern about the ever-growing damage to the road surface of Langley Hill in the village.

Nick Ring, who lives in the village, said that despite multiple repairs being made to the surface of the road, it is not fixing the problem.

He said: “The root cause is the blocked drain which has been blocked for a number of years now.

“The water which rushes down the hill can’t get to the bottom so forces its way through the top drain.

“The drain is the problem, if they sort the drain out the water can run across the road rather than being forced to the surface.”

Nick added that the council’s current method of ‘patching’ up the potholes in the road is not working, which is why they keep having to return to fix the same problem time and time again.

He said: “All the council is doing is patch repairs and because the water is rushing down its eroding the subbase and that’s why we now have patches on patches.”

Nick said that the current big pothole (pictured) has been there for around 10 days and has placed a cone there himself to try and prevent an accident.

He said: “If you get a cyclist coming down the hill, they wouldn’t see the pothole and there is also normally cars parked on the other side of the road so they are forced to come along this side of the road with the pothole.”

Hertfordshire County Council has been contacted for comment.

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