Pothole misery for town’s taxi drivers

Pothole chaos: Drivers outside the taxi rank opposite the KFC restaurant in Skegness.
Pothole chaos: Drivers outside the taxi rank opposite the KFC restaurant in Skegness.

A group of taxi drivers say they are ‘up in arms’ over the ongoing saga of deep craters and pot hole ridden roads in and around Skegness.

The drivers say they are paying up for damage to tyres, suspension and many more repairs, with most in disgust at smaller holes being repatched or fixed temporarily.

Dave Daubney, of Dave’s Taxis, says he has spent hundreds just in the past three months on repairs to his fleet of vehicles and feels disappointed by the county council’s delay in fixing holes widespread across the area.

“I’ve had several repairs and the issues soon come back as the potholes aren’t fixed. I’m disappointed Highways haven’t pulled their finger out sooner as we’re nearly into the Easter break.”

Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways department was originally due to start road repair work from March 18, subject to weather conditions.

But the bitterly cold blast has halted the work, which was originally expected to be completed by March 28, before the Easter bank holiday.

It is hoped that if weather condition’s improve, some work can be completed this week with more ‘immediately after’.

But other taxi drivers say the problem comes back each year and holes in recent weeks are just patched rather than properly filled, leaving a ‘rally race’ on some roads, they fear.

Rob Colbourn of Skegness Vegas Cabs, said: “There’s loads of holes and the problem comes back if it’s not closed properly.

“It’s like a rally race on Roman Bank near Butlins.”