By Denna Bowman
A busy road was closed to traffic after an enormous pothole punctured the tyres of a number of cars in Scotland.
The giant crater appeared on the A701 in Penicuik last week, forcing the road to be closed to vehicles, according to a report in the Scotsman.
It is believed that the police were contacted after a number of drivers reported punctures to their tyres after hitting the pothole.
A spokesman for Midlothian Council said repairs had since been carried out. He added: “We can confirm that a pothole was made safe on the A701 southbound, on the outskirts of Penicuik, around 8pm on Thursday night.
“However, police decided to close the road until a repair was carried out and completed by 9.30am this morning.”
Councils are being given an extra £15m from the Scottish Government to help fix damage to Scotland’s roads caused by the winter weather.
The funding is three times the amount paid out last year. A Government spokesman said the money would be available for urgent repairs on roads and to cover the extra costs of winter roads maintenance, according to the Scotsman report.