In figures released to the Ulster Herald, Roads Service revealed that a total of 5,153 potholes were reported from roads around the Omagh district throughout January and February this year, an average of 87 per day.
Although the number of potholes are down from the 5,692 detected during the same period last year, Roads Service said that the number requiring a response within five days had shot up from 1,711 in 2010 to 2,295 for the first two months of this year. The number of severe potholes, requiring an immediate response or repair within 24 hours has more than doubled from 113 last year to 233 this year.
The figures come after record-breaking freezing winters have seen temperatures plunge to beyond minus 15 degrees in some parts of the district. With almost 16,000 potholes in the Omagh district alone during the first two months of the last three years, UUP councillor Bert Wilson said he had received a huge number of complaints from constituents about the roads.
“I have never had as many complaints about damaged wheels and tyres,” he said. “I have never seen the roads so bad. To the general public out there who are paying road tax, they expect the roads to be of a reasonable standard. It’s really not good enough.”