Residents of a Devon village are suffering travel misery after a 6ft wide pothole has appeared along one of the area's frequently used routes.
The stretch of road between Crediton and New Buildings once carried around 300 vehicles a day between local villages but the giant pothole has forced traffic to divert through nearby Sandford, causing anguish to residents.
Locals have started referring to the enormous chasm as "the swimming pool" after the recent storms pushed hardcore through the road's surface, causing a large hole.
The road remained passable but workmen were called in to investigate the surface and promptly began digging a larger hole. The result is a 6ft crater that the local council claims it cannot afford to fix until the new financial year.
Central Devon MP Mel Stride has visited the pothole and told the Daily Mail: "This massive pothole is clearly a major problem for local residents as well as for those who are used to taking school buses along this route.
"I am fully engaged in trying to resolve the situation as soon as possible."
But Pat Yeo, chairman of Sandford Parish Council, told The Express: "It is causing a lot of anguish in the village, the hole is so big people have started referring to it as 'the swimming pool'."
A recent study also found that pothole compensation claims rocketed to a record high last year and in response, the government set aside a further £140 million fund to tackle the backlog of road repairs.