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Massive pothole causes a day of traffic chaos on the A14

A massive pothole caused a day of traffic chaos on the A14 – because highways engineers took five hours to find it and nine to fix it. The pothole caused one lane to be closed most of Tuesday (February 7) after it appeared on the A14 westbound carriageway at Junction 23, between Godmanchester and the Spittals interchange. Highways England was called about the pothole at just after 2am on Tuesday after a lorry driver reported it because it rattled his truck.

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Transport chiefs sent out an engineer to look for the hole but by 2.40am he had not managed to locate it.

Another call came in about the hole at 6.44am, but again it could not be found until Cambridgeshire police called it in at 7.17am – and then it took until just before 4pm to repair it. Lorry driver Colin Johnson was driving on the A14 when he hit the pothole.

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He said: “I reported this pothole to Highways England at 2.08am and told them it was urgent but nothing seems to have been done till 7.30am. “I was driving a lorry and it chucked me about so that was why I phoned them.

The guy took all the details and said they would get onto it straight away.” And it seems engineers did spring into action but then could not find the huge hole. A Highways England spokesman said: “Safety is our top priority and we worked hard to repair the pothole on the westbound A14 yesterday and reopen the closed lane as soon as it was safe to do so.

“We sent a maintenance team out to the A14 in the early hours of the morning after a customer contacted us about a possible pothole in the area, however despite searching we were unable to locate it at that time. As soon as we were able to confirm the location of the pothole we worked without delay to repair it.” The tailbacks began as rush hour got underway when a lorry broke down due to a blow out caused by the pothole.

Cars then hit the pothole and tyres were damaged causing further congestion and delays.

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A Cambridgeshire force spokeswoman said: “We were called at 7.38am to reports of a broken down vehicle on the A14 westbound carriageway at Junction 23, between Godmanchester and the Spittals interchange.

“It was reported that it may be related to a large pothole.

There have been several reports of blown out tyres this morning on the A14.”

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