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Staggering number of potholes reported as Co. Armagh takes top spot in league table

A staggering 44,000 potholes were reported in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area over a three-year period.

And its second only to Newry, Mourne and Down, which had a whopping 55,000 reports between 2017 and 2019.

The two areas, which cover the entirety of Co Armagh – north and south – had more reported potholes than Belfast, Antrim, Lisburn and Ards & Down combined.

The third worst area on the list, with 33,000, was Mid Ulster.

The figures were revealed by the Department for Infrastructure following an Assembly question tabled by SDLP’s Justin McNulty.

Last month, Armagh I, reported how a total of 1,188 claims were registered in the ABC borough between 2017 and 2019 while 1,518 were made in the NMD Council area.

Mr McNulty called for an urgent injection of cash into road repairs across the north after the shocking statistics were revealed.

“We are all know the state of many of our rural roads and the figures released by the Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon have laid bare the extent of the damage being caused to vehicles because of sustained under investment in our local road network,” said Mr McNulty.

“I believe it strengthens her hand when she is making the case to the Minister of Finance for additional resources.

“Over the last three years the Department for Infrastructure has processed almost eleven thousand claims for damage to vehicles.

“It comes as no surprise to me that in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area there were 1,188 claims in that period, and with 439 claims in the last financial year alone.

“This just shows how urgently our road network needs investment.”

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