A MOTORIST has to shell out hundreds to get his car back on the road after living next to a potholed road for two years.
Ryan Nelson, from Coatbridge, has been told he has needed £800 to repair internal damage to his car for the second time since he pulled alongside the column-strewn junction in April 2021.
The 37-year-old says it is impossible to avoid the 9-inch deep craters at the entrance to the newly built cul-de-sac at Graham Place in the Bargeddie area of Lanarkshire town.
Ryan has been trying for 18 months to get North Lanarkshire Council to fix the offending potholes on the adjacent Lismore Drive but claims the local authority only patches them up temporarily each time.
The 9 inch deep holes are deep enough to show on google maps.
He told the Scottish Sun: “So many large lorries going up and down the road as this is one of the main detours between Glasgow and Coatbridge.
“They cause damage to the road by kicking up the tarmac and this track is not designed for large vehicles.
“The council came out to fix it late last year but they only patched half – and uncovered the road right at the junction where my house sits.
“The worst damage is in front of my house, I have to drive over it every day – I turn off my drive and there are two potholes that you have to avoid.”
The airport worker says his six-year-old silver Citroen DS4 has had to undergo frequent and costly repairs since moving to Bargeddie.
He said he had to dodge at least twice a day to negotiate the bumps on his way to work at Glasgow Airport.
Now the surface has caused so much damage to the car that he had to take it off the road.
Ryan continued: “I had the car repaired just last year, it passed its MOT in February after receiving a service.
“I took it to the garage last week as it was making knocking noises in the engine.
“They gave the car a check and then another inspection, it needed a lot more work than just a shock absorber.
“The mechanic charged me £771 to fix everything.
“They said it was the road that caused the damage.
“This is the second time they have repaired the car. I don’t know how to prevent my car from breaking down.”
Ryan said he was later REJECTED from the council’s Pothole Repair Fund after contacting his local MP to try and get help to recover the money while his car was off the road.
He added, “I just won’t be able to fix it until I have the money, it’s been hell.”
North Lanarkshire Council said some work was being carried out on the road in October last year but there were no plans for this financial year.
The local authority added it will arrange an inspection to see if the road can be included in future renewal plans.
A spokesman for the council said: “All roads will be inspected and resurfacing will be prioritized based on the condition and strategic nature of the road.
“Current resources mean the Council is unable to resurface every site and in some cases patches are being used to address security flaws.
“We will arrange for the site to be inspected to determine if the road should be included in a future resurfacing program.”
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