Kirklees Council is getting to work on tackling the district’s pothole problem.

Sub-zero temperatures along with snow and rain have meant more potholes this winter than in previous years.

Potholes are caused when water gets into cracks in the road and then freezes and expands, breaking up the surface.

The council has committed extra resources in order to repair the worst potholes within the next few weeks, with eight teams currently tasked with the job.

The potholes will be repaired according to the date they were reported and grouped into areas to ensure efficiency.

Unfortunately, isolated pothole repairs do not make the road surface immune to more damage from water or ice and potholes can reappear on previously repaired roads.

This is why the Kirklees Council Cabinet have recently approved an £11.8 million programme that will resurface over 120 unclassified roads, providing a permanent repair to some of the roads most in need of it.

Clr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Potholes are an issue that we face all year round but in winter they appear more frequently

“Unfortunately, the nature of them means we are not able to deal with them until after they appear. We understand that this is an issue that is important to all those that use our roads and that is why we have allocated extra resources to address the problem.”

This latest investment of time and money follows the £3.2 million investment in repairing hotspots on unclassified roads during the summer and autumn months last year to provide some protection for the road network before the winter season.

Potholes can be reported on the council’s website