They are the stuff of nightmares for drivers and highways engineers across the country.
Now students from Midhurst Rother College (MRC) have joined University of Brighton technical engineering instructors and Balfour Beatty engineers to try and find out the best way to fill potholes.
They took on the challenge as part of an Engineering Education Scheme (EES) co-ordinated by the university which works with business and schools to enthuse scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians of the future.
MRC was one of ten schools and colleges which went to the university to work on projects.
Students worked with engineers to look for more efficient materials and ways of filling road holes in the wake of a report which estimates the pothole repair bill could reach £14 billion by 2020.
Dominic Ryan, a university technical instructor, said: “They managed the project from start to finish – planning and being hands-on, using their scientific, innovative and creative skills.”
James Baldwin, science teacher at MRC, said: “The students are all looking to study a subject linked with science or engineering at university and this allowed them to see what it would entail.”
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