£1.5m pothole repair fund unveiled as part of £23.5m council transport plan
Improvements designed to prevent casualties and provide ‘long-term social value to the community’
A £1.5 million fund to repair potholes in Derbyshire has been unveiled – with 13,000 holes identified on crumbling roads throughout the county.
The pothole clampdown is part of plans by Derbyshire County Council to fork out £23.5 million on proposals to improve road and transport links in the county.
This breaks down to £16.9 million on roads maintenance, £3.6 million on transport, £1.5 million on fixing highways, and the £1.5 million outlay on potholes.
County council officers said the improvements could prevent casualties from road collisions and have a “long-term social value to the community”.
In a report to council cabinet members officers wrote: “The investment represented by highways and transport capital programmes is a vital part of the county council’s work on improving access to essential services, improving connectivity to support the local economy, preventing casualties from road traffic collisions, and reducing the impact of transport on people and the environment.
“The longer-term social value of these works are around increased efficiency and productivity of the highway network and, ultimately, stronger economic growth.”
Councillors also accepted a £3.24 million grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to help with roads maintenance in the area.
Since then £5 million has been invested in repair work, with the 13,000 potholes on the county’s crumbling roads becoming a priority.
At the end of October 2017 there were 539 highways defects across the county – including potholes, sunken ironworks, damaged kerbs and gullies – awaiting repair.
This was a 78.6 percent reduction from the 2,515 faults awaiting repairs at the same time in 2016.
Results of the 2017 National Highways and Transport Network residents’ satisfaction survey ranked Derbyshire County Council top for road maintenance out of 31 county councils taking part in the survey.
The following routes have been earmarked for much-needed maintenance by the end of 2019.
Carriageway maintenance – principal roads
- A61 Dronfield By-pass (Bowshaw roundabout to Whittington Moor roundabout – £1.2 million
- A515 Ashbourne Road (Wyedale Close to Chapel Drive) – £22,000
- A5004 Buxton Road (B5470 Macclesfield Road to speed limit) – £16,000
- A54 Macclesfield Main Road (County boundary to Stanley Moor) – £79,000
- A57 Snake Pass (Birchin Clough to Haggwater Bridge) – £302,000
- A609 Nottingham Road (Adam Street to County boundary) – £11,000
- A6 Dale Road North (Northwood Lane to Whitworth Road) – £45,000
- A52 Derby Road (Derby Road to Lady Hole Lane) – £40,000
- A6 Haddon Road (Intake Lane to Riverside Plantation) – £36,000
- A621 Sheffield Road (Splitter Island to Cupola) – £35,000
- Countywide – Patching prior to surface dressing – £750,000
- Countywide – Surface treatments – £250,000