New policy on pothole repairs 'will increase the risk of cyclist deaths', government warned

Coroner's report into death of elderly cyclist in Bury calls for change in policy

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A new policy on pothole repairs "will increase the risk of future deaths, in particular to cyclists", the Department for Transport has been warned.

In a report into the death of elderly cyclist Roger Hamer, who passed away in April 2016, one month following falling off his bike after hitting a pothole which was described as the "size of a dinner plate", the coroner criticised the new policy which will see potholes of less than 40mm not automatically repaired by highway authorities.

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