April 03, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Welcomes Budget that Tackles Britain's Pothole Problem

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 3, 2011) - In his first budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne has announced plans to spend an extra £100million on tackling Britain's burgeoning pothole problem.

This latest step to fix Britain's deteriorating roads is on top of the £100million 'exceptional payment' announced last month for road repairs, following severe winter weather.

Swinton Bike Insurance is welcoming this news, as an online survey of 1200 respondents conducted by the bike insurance retailer, discovered 88% of motorcyclists thought that road conditions had deteriorated over the winter period and 64% thought the roads needed more funding even after last month's proposal.

The motorbike insurance retailer understands that the reason potholes are populating the countries roads more and more is due to the cold winter weather, where they formed by water expanding as it freezes, forcing minor cracks to widen until repetitive freezing and thawing tears the surface apart.

Potholes pose a particular risk to motorcyclists as they result in riders swerving to avoid them, often going into oncoming traffic, hitting the kerb or loosing control of the bike.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes, said: "The fact the chancellor has doubled funding shows how serious an issue this pothole problem is for motorists across the country. By tackling the issue, roads will become a safer place to ride and less accidents and subsequent insurance claims should arise."

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  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

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