That’s using your noodle! Man is so fed up with potholes in UK road he’s filling them with pot noodles in a bid to fix them
- Mark Morell filled the potholes with Pot Noodle to force the government to act
- Mr Morell, from Brackley, Northants, called the pothole crisis a ‘serious issue’
A retired operations manager has been filling potholes in his area with Pot Noodle after growing frustrated with road conditions in his area.
Mark Morell, from Brackley, Northamptonshire, unloaded instant snacks into the stem’s blemishes in an attempt to force the government to act on the issue.
Also known as Mr Pothole, Mr Morell has worked with Pot Noodle to raise awareness of the large number of potholes across Britain, using the hashtag #NothingFillsAHoleLikePotNoodle.
Morell’s previous attempts, which included feeding pothole cakes on their birthdays and floating rubber duckies inside, failed, meaning he had to return to the drawing-board.
“Potholes drive road users and me pot more than most,” Mr. Morell told Metro. “The pothole crisis across the UK is a growing issue and something I have campaigned on for over 10 years.
Mark Morell, from Brackley, Northamptonshire, started filling potholes with the instant snack in an attempt to force the government to act
Morell, also known as Mr Pothole, called the number of potholes in the UK a “serious problem”.
The total number of filled potholes reported in this year’s survey fell by 16 per cent, from 1.7 million reported in the past two years to 1.4 million in England and Wales.
“During this period, I had to use my noodles with stunts to emphasize how bad potholes are, rubber duckies floating in potholes filled with water, cakes of anniversary, fishing rods and model submarines.”
An RAC survey found that 60% of drivers believe the quality of roads in the UK is currently worse than at the same time last year.
A recent survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance claimed it would take local authorities 11 years to repair every crumbling road in England and Wales, up from nine years in 2022.
Last year the trade body found it would cost councils £12.64billion to fix all the potholes – but since then the repair bill has risen by 11% to £14.02 billion.
A Department for Transport spokesman said: ‘We are investing more than £5billion from 2020-2025 in maintaining local motorways and have recently announced a further £200million to the budget to repair millions of nest- de-poule per year.
“It will help make journeys smoother and safer for everyone, repair dozens of bridges and resurface roads across the country.”
The Daily Mail is campaigning to end the country’s pothole plague, which is costing drivers millions in repair bills and putting cyclists’ lives at risk.