BURNLEY MP Antony Higginbotham has welcomed a new nationwide pothole mapping scheme.

The new system will use data from delivery companies like Deliveroo, Uber, Tesco and Ocado to map out ‘pothole hotspots’ so they can be targeted for repair as quickly as possible.

Using information from these businesses and working with Gaist, a highway date and mapping company, the Department for Transport and local authorities including Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council can target improvements.

Mr Higginbotham said: “This is very welcome news for cyclists and motorists here as I know how important a good, safe road network is to so many people.

“Tackling potholes not only reduces the likelihood of accidents and saves lives, but cuts down on the need for vehicle repairs, saving families money they can spend on other things.

"Better, pothole-free roads, help people make their journey’s quicker so they get home to family and friends and spend more time doing the things they want to do.

"Any system which can help tackle pothole problems in our area is very welcome.”