Reader letter - Norwich’s pothole plague

PUBLISHED: 17:20 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:20 20 March 2018

Potholes gave appeared on roads after the cold snap. 
Byline: Sonya Duncan

Potholes gave appeared on roads after the cold snap. Byline: Sonya Duncan


Imagine yourself as the chief executive of a major company on their way to visit the Norwich office.

You are in your car, happily progressing up the A11 when you pass the sign informing you that you are in Norfolk. Not long after, there is a jolt that even your large, comfortable car cannot suppress as you hit the first pothole.

You don’t give it much thought, this is Britain, but shortly after you see the next one coming and gently veer off course to avoid it. Within moments you swerve to miss the next one and the equanimity you felt earlier in the journey evaporates as it degenerates into a pothole-missing exercise all the way into Norwich.

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By this time you have dismissed Norfolk as a backwater that can’t even keep its main trunk road in reasonable condition. The sheer volume of litter that lines this road doesn’t impress you either.

On entering the city of Norwich your eyebrows rise as you are delayed by roadworks for some traffic scheme. You are thinking that the money this is costing would be better spent on repairing the county’s roads and that the council is not run by people with a sense of perspective and reality.

You decide that unless your people in the Norwich office are seriously impressive today you may well decide to close it down. After all, if this is how seriously their own council takes the county’s infrastructure, well, it’s not exactly a place to invest, is it?

Why would such a chief executive think any differently? I worry for employment in this city; companies are moving jobs out and nothing is coming in.

Perhaps the Highways folk might like to start to put up some resistance to this trend by doing some basic maintenance to the A11, and the A47 whilst they’re at it, instead of creating expensive fiascos such as that in Tombland.

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