Britain’s ‘Worst Road’ With Its Own Swear Box Leaves Drivers Fuming
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Angry residents in Cheshire have put down a swear jar due to the frustration caused by 'appalling' potholes.
I mean apart from stubbing your toe, is there anything that makes you swear as easily as driving over a f**king pothole? I think not.
Station Road in Wrenbury is said to be home to severe road damage and locals are, quite clearly, pretty wound up by it.
The brilliantly designed tin swear box is attached to a wooden plank and in bold letters reads: "SWEAR BOX IN AID OF CHESHIRE EAST."
So far, 700 people have signed an online petition to get the road fixed.
The reason being, they say, is because that road happens to be the main way people get in and out of the village.
Parish Councillor Oliver Lowe states in the online petition: "It is the primary access road into and out of Wrenbury.
"Essentially, the road drainage failed some time/years ago leading to the poor surface developing.
"Last year the road was due to be repaired, but the funds were reprioritised to another (unknown) job. As such the road fell into significant disrepair. The council have since said that it will be repaired this financial year, but it needs doing as soon as possible, certainly before another winter.
"Villagers are also concerned that the funding will be reprioritised to another job again. The council are presently undertaking a few temporary repairs to the worst of the potholes that are forming, but they are interim measures only."
Responding to the petition, one person said: "It's the worst road I've ever been on! Dollops of tarmac are not a road repair!"
Another added: "This road has been in appalling condition for years and is dangerous. It is also on the route of the Cheshire Cycleway - an important tourist amenity."
A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council told Cheshire Live: “We are currently programming work for this financial year on Station Road, Wrenbury, in collaboration with Network Rail. In the meantime, we continue to maintain the roads and repair any urgent defects in line with our well-managed highways code of practice to keep the network safe.
“We are constantly working to maintain the condition of our roads, within very challenging financial constraints.
“The council has a £180m backlog of works needing to be done, as a result of reductions in government funding for road maintenance over the last decade.
“All works on the highways and footways have to be prioritised in accordance with the budget available across the whole borough and we place the safety of our road users as our highest priority, within the context of the limited budget we have available.
“All roads are classified in line with guidance from the Department for Transport and the code of practice for well-managed highways.
“As part of the council’s network hierarchy, the roads in questions form part of our secondary distributor roads. These roads have the same maintenance levels and inspection regimes as our B-road network."
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