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More than 22,000 potholes fixed this year so far

Published: 9 March 2023

We have stepped up efforts to fix the county’s potholes following cold then wet weather at the beginning of the year.

Cllr Kewal Singh Athwal with Keith Travis and the Jetpatcher 2
Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, left, with highways colleague Keith Travis.

From the beginning of the year until 4 March 2023, 22,774 potholes have been fixed, a weekly average of 3,080 over the past 5 weeks.

Extra road worker gangs have been mobilised across the county, and they have been and will continue to work longer hours including at weekends, to tackle potholes reported on the county’s roads.

Three Jetpatcher machines have been taken on to help, and they are mainly being used on rural roads. The Jetpatcher uses a high velocity air stream to clear existing holes of any debris and water as well as laying and compacting new Tarmac.

We normally have 18 pothole-fixing gangs. Since the beginning of the year the aim has been to increase the number of gangs to 30 including the 3 Jetpatcher machines. Extra gangs have been created by moving road workers from other jobs.

The constant freezing and thawing then rainfall at the beginning of the year has led to roads cracking, resulting in a significant rise in the number of potholes and carriageway deterioration.

With snow forecast for the county today and tomorrow (9 and 10 March 2023) more potholes are expected to be created. The weather will also cause delays to fixing potholes in the short term as many road workers are gritter drivers.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal said:

“We always see a large number of potholes at this time of year as the weather takes a toll on the roads.

“The huge amount of potholes that the highways service has fixed so far this year is great news for all who use the county’s roads.

“We’ve put extra resources in and moved road workers from planned work to fixing potholes, and have asked them to work longer hours.

“We’ve also taken on 3 Jetpatcher machines, which are really helping on our more rural roads.

“I’d ask our residents to bear with us as we carry out the repairs, and apologise for any delays to road users while our gangs are out and about carrying out this vital work.”

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