An angry motorist says she is being left with a huge bill due to potholes in the road.
Victoria Robertson said because of a lorry coming in the other direction she had no choice but to go through a big pothole in the road on Windmill Way, Hebburn.
The 22-year-old, who works at her dad’s company, Alexander Blast, on the Wagonway Industrial Estate, which the road runs through, said it has caused damage to a front alloy wheel and will cost hundreds of pounds to replace.
Victoria, who lives in Hebburn’s Sullivan Walk, said: “There are loads of potholes in the road, but this one is the worst. Usually I avoid them, but in this case I had no choice but to hit it.
“I was worried because I could hear the air hissing out of the tyre as I drove home.
“I have phoned the council about it. I think they should pay for the repairs to my car.”
Alan Robertson, Victoria’s dad, said the problem with potholes is getting worse and other people must be damaging their vehicles because of them.
He said: “This road is really well used, hundreds of people work on this industrial estate.”
Alan said a number of the companies on the estate have lots of wagons, so they are paying hefty road taxes and deserve the roads to be kept up to standard.
Coun Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “We have seen more potholes arising as a result of the recent extreme weather and our teams are doing their best to respond to each one with the additional support of our specialist surfacing contractor.”