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New iPhone app reports potholes

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A new iPhone app that can be used to instantly report a pothole has been launched.

'Fill That Hole' was commissioned by Aggregate Industries and CTC - the UK's national cyclists' organisation, and has been developed from the popular 'Fill That Hole' website.

Users can take a photo of the pothole, which the app then pinpoints with GPS technology. A report takes less than two minutes to log, and is then sent on to the relevant local authority who can start the process of filling in the hole.

Last year 1.4 million potholes were reported across England and Wales. With an estimated £9.5 billion needed to update the countries' roads, the app will give a new power to the millions of road users who continue to damage their vehicles, suffer injury, and have to claim on their car insurance as a result of potholes.

It also highlights which local authority is responding to the issue with data outlining fix rates and league tables of local authorities across the country.

Figures released by CTC show an increase of 133 per cent in the number of potholes reported to the Fill That Hole website against just 18 per cent that have been fixed to date.

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