Anti-pothole campaigner: 'I'd love to be out of a job'

Mr Pothole

Friday, February 1, 2019

A pothole campaigner has said he feels "very positive" about the Department for Transport investing millions into trialling pothole-proof plastic roads.

The government has announced it will spend £22.9 million in an effort to "future proof" the UK's roads, which will include trying out recycled plastic road surfaces, as well as solar-powered roads that won't become icy in winter conditions.

Mark Morell, also known as Mr Pothole, appeared on the Mike Graham show to discuss the news, claiming he would "love to go back to a normal life" if the trials are successful.

 

 

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"I'd love to be out of a job, I'd love to go back to a normal life instead of being obsessed with trying to get our roads safer," he revealed.

Mr Morell travels around the country taking pictures of potholes, pressuring the relevant authorities to get them fixed.

 

'How many Coke bottles are in a thousand metres of road?'

"As long as the government - if this trial is successful - is prepared to put in long-term investment, because if they do that our roads which are 60 and 70 years old which are past their sell-by date need to be invested in," he said.

"How many Coke bottles are in a thousand metres of tarmac road? Could we get Coca Cola to sponsor something?," he asked.

The trials are set to take place in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Staffordshire, Kent, Reading, Suffolk and Solihull and Birmingham, and successful schemes could be rolled out to other parts of the country.