Welcome to pot-hell: Twelve cars are left stranded in one night after hitting ... trends now

Welcome to pot-hell: Twelve cars are left stranded in one night after hitting ... trends now
Welcome to pot-hell: Twelve cars are left stranded in one night after hitting ... trends now

Welcome to pot-hell: Twelve cars are left stranded in one night after hitting ... trends now

Twelves cars were left stranded on the one night after hitting the same pothole on a single stretch of road, which has been dubbed 'pot-hell'. 

Police were called to Frant Road just outside of Crowborough, East Sussex around 7pm on February 14 after multiple cars had bust tyres from striking the cavity.

Officers directed traffic while East Sussex Highways attended to carry out interim repairs on the cavity between the junctions of Bunny Lane and Tangier Lane. No collisions or injuries were reported.

The incident is the fourth time in two years that multiple cars have been left stranded on this stretch of road after hitting severe potholes.

In November 2022, 15 vehicles broke down on Bunny Lane after striking a crater.

A total of 12 cars were left stranded after they all hit the same pothole

A total of 12 cars were left stranded after they all hit the same pothole

Pictured: The cavity that did all the damage to 12 cars in one night

Pictured: The cavity that did all the damage to 12 cars in one night

The drivers were left with punctured tyres after their cars struck the pothole

The drivers were left with punctured tyres after their cars struck the pothole

Spare wheels had to be put on mamy of the cars so the drivers could get home

Spare wheels had to be put on mamy of the cars so the drivers could get home

A map of 'pot hell' which is just outside of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent

A map of 'pot hell' which is just outside of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent

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The next month, three more vehicles were forced to park up on the same 1.2 mile thoroughfare when they suffered damage at the hands of a depression in the tarmac.

And last January, eight cars were left stranded after buckling their wheels on a hole on the same lane.

Locals have described the stretch - used as a thoroughfare between Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells, Kent - as 'pot-hell'.

Cleaner Jane Grace, 47, was one of the motorists whose tyre was damaged after hitting the hole on Frant Road last week.

The mum-of-two, from Crowborough, said: 'When I got out of the car I looked down the road and there were four other cars stopped with their hazards on.

'I tried to flag down other drivers to warn them but it was too dark for them to see me, so more people just kept hitting the same hole.

'Luckily my husband was three or four cars behind me, so he stopped and helped me to put the spare wheel on.

'By the time we left there were about 10 people pulled up with their hazards on and two police cars.

'I think it's got to be one of the worst stretches in the country for potholes. It's 'pot-hell'!'

Jane hit out at East Sussex County Council for carrying out 'sub-standard' repairs in the area.

She said: 'The holes keep appearing again and again because the repairs are sub-standard.

'They just do surface repairs but as soon as it rains the water gets underneath them and it cracks up again.

'So unless they resurface the entire road it's just going to continue being a nightmare.

'The roads around here are shocking. I drive into Kent a lot and you can always tell when you're back in Sussex because the roads are so much worse.'

Jutta Wrobel, 62, was faced with a £150 repair bill after damaging the tyre on her Fiat 500 when she hit the same hole on February 14.

The furniture artist, who lives in Wadhurst, East Sussex, watched nine cars strike the three-and-a-half foot long crater within half an hour.

She said: 'During rush hour, at approximately 5.45pm, I hit a huge pothole - three-and-a-half feet long and at least one foot wide and 20cm deep in parts - and sustained a blow out on my front passenger side tyre.

A pothole on the same stretch of road from 2023

A pothole on the same stretch of road from 2023

The bottle of water gives a perspective on the depth of the pothole which caused major damage in 2023

The bottle of water gives a perspective on the depth of the pothole which caused major damage in 2023 

The incident is the fourth time in two years that multiple cars have been left stranded on this stretch of road after hitting severe potholes. Pictured: The road in 2023

The incident is the fourth time in two years that multiple cars have been left stranded on this stretch of road after hitting severe potholes. Pictured: The road in 2023

'I limped along slowly to get my car off the road, as that stretch opposite the Bunny Lane turning is extremely dangerous, without poor weather conditions and potholes to make it even more hazardous! 

'In a surreal nightmare, one car after another crashed down the hole and pulled over to the side of the road with their hazard lights on.

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