Extra £5million has helped reduce backlog of pothole repairs
The fight against potholes in Lichfield and Burntwood is being won, councillors have claimed.
Staffordshire County Council says a £5million investment into repairing the county’s roads has already seen 31,000 sites filled in over the past year – up from the 21,000 it usually fixes on average over a 12 month period.
The authority has used both standard filling teams alongside new ‘zapping’ pothole vehicles to help clear a backlog of repairs.
County Councillor Helen Fisher, Cabinet support member for highways and transport said: “Good roads are important to communities, but in a county the size of Staffordshire tackling potholes is always going to be a challenge.
“The extra £5m investment has helped crews tackle more repairs and reduce the backlog.
“Potholes are a symptom of a weakened road surface, so this work coupled with the £35m investment in road and transport schemes across the county, we can hopefully prevent more potholes from appearing in the future.”
The council will now switch its main focus away from repairs to ensuring motorists keep on the move as the weather changes and teams focus on gritting and other tasks.
But Cllr Fisher said fixing damaged road surfaces would still continue: “Pothole repairs tend to slow down during the winter months due to the adverse weather conditions. Nevertheless, throughout December, January and February crews still managed to repair an average of 1,800 potholes per month, showing that work to improve Staffordshire’s roads carries on all year round.”