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Will Suffolk's roads be pothole-free when the Women's Tour arrives?

PUBLISHED: 13:58 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:58 09 March 2018

Potholes on the Women's Tour route at Middlewood Green near Debenham.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Potholes on the Women's Tour route at Middlewood Green near Debenham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

As Suffolk County Council ramps up its battle against potholes after the winter freeze, one route around the county is set to get special attention over the next three months.

The route of the Women’s Tour on June 13 is set to be a priority for the pothole gangs – ensuring the roads are as smooth as possible for the star cyclists.

The route from Framlingham to Southwold via Woodbridge, Ipswich, Stowmarket and Framlingham (again) is mainly on A and B roads which are normally a priority for pothole repairs – and an extra effort will be made to ensure they are clear for riders.

Across the county, Suffolk Highways has received 11,000 reports of potholes during the first two months of 2018 – twice the number for the same period last year and that was before the snow and ice hit last week.

Extra road repair gangs have been created to tackle problems – and they are using different material which lasts longer in wet weather.

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