AA Grundi: The A57 is about as smooth as the Paris-Dakar Rally

Potholes are spreading like acne.
Potholes are spreading like acne.

Is it just me, or is there another outbreak of potholes spreading across our local roads like acne on a Worksop teenager?

Grundi’s Bentley is the kind of high-class motor which does not appreciate juddering over A and B roads which are rougher than cart tracks.

But over the last few weeks I’ve been jarred and jolted more than a few times after hitting a stretch of Tarmac which made the surface of Mars seem smooth and well maintained.

And I can’t help enjoying the irony that despite all the work taking place at Millhouse they seem to have missed several potholes the size of punch bowls on the roads approaching the roundabout.

And don’t get me started on the A57 between Worksop and South Anston.

There are stretches of that road around Lindrick Golf Course which remind me of the Paris-Dakar Rally.

But why are they so bad again?

I’m sure a few years ago when our roads were in a mess the council blamed a harsh winter and freezing weather for breaking up the road surface.

The winter we’ve just had was hardly Siberian.

I counted about six flakes of snow in Worksop between November and April and didn’t have to break into the long johns’ drawer once.

However, as I read in the Guardian last week, help is at hand.

Chancellor George Osborne took time out from courting the Chinese to deliver his Budget recently, and this included a grandly titled £250 million Pothole Action Fund.

County Hall has been given an £839,000 slice of this to repair potholes in Nottinghamshire which will apparently fix 15,830 of them.

How they can be so exact I have no idea, but I suppose it’s to be welcomed by any of us poor mugs who have to drive around here.