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8:46am 3rd April 2014

It is revealed the backlog for road repairs in Cornwall is more than double the national average.

Pirate FM has already told you it stood at £200 million and that was before the storms.

Now a new report from the Asphalt Industry Alliance says the average one-off 'catch-up' bill for local councils is £90 million.

Cornish garages have told Pirate FM the damage to cars can be costly.

Three tips to avoid damage:

  • Watch out for potholes as they come along.
  • Keep a close eye on changing speed limits.
  • Pay care and attention to oncoming vehicles.

John from Powell's Garage in Redruth said: "Damage to tyres, wheels, lower arms anti-roll bars and coil springs make then steer funny and they come in for tracking, you check it then and see there's further damage then.

"When there's water in the pothole you miss it so if you're going along, it's been raining heavily and it's filled the pothole up with water you wouldn't see it until the last minute so even if you see a very small puddle, just be aware because it could be a few inches deep and if you're hitting it at thirty/forty miles an hour, it could do a lot of damage."

Barrie Richards from St Blazey service station said: "Looking at the state of the roads around the county - I travel around the county for pleasure and it's not a pleasure anymore if you've got to keep your eyes skinned watching out for any problems you might encounter."

The Asphalt Industry Alliance warns the backlog for repairs across the UK has risen from £10.5 to £12 billion.

Spokesman Brian Kent tells Pirate FM the government needs to be more proactive when it comes to repairs: "A lot has changed. Traffic volume, types of traffic, power-steering, stresses and we've reached a tipping point basically now and a choice needs to be made; if you have a leak in the roof do you put a bucket underneath it or do you fix it properly?"

8:46am 3rd April 2014

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