Pothole repairs ramped up by county council

Kidderminster Shuttle: FILLING IN: Jon Fraser, left with Councillor John Smith join a repair gang fixing potholes. FILLING IN: Jon Fraser, left with Councillor John Smith join a repair gang fixing potholes.

EFFORTS to repair potholes across Worcestershire are being increased in a bid to fix problems caused by recent flooding and severe weather.

Worcestershire County Council is expanding the number of pothole repair teams out and about over the next few weeks and will pump in about £700,000 as a priority to fix inevitable problems caused by the recent severe weather and flooding.

A total of 23 teams - nine more than usual - are now tackling highways defects and inspections have also increased. Over the last two weeks about 850 potholes have been repaired and the number over the next fortnight is expected to rise.

Council officers say severe rain experienced this winter, rather than ice and snow, will have caused damage to road surfaces.

Conservative councillor John Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: "We've now entered the recovery phase of the flooding operation. Unfortunately, the recent severe weather experienced will lead to an increase in potholes on our roads. We recognise that and how important it is to fix any problems as quickly as possible, which is why we've put extra teams in place.

"Inspections will also ramp up but everyone can play a part. I'd urge anyone that does spot a problem to let us know where there's an issue."

Residents can report potholes on the council's website at worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit

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3:17pm Tue 11 Mar 14

lauralouise90 says...

The potholes are in such a bad condition - I'm fed up of having to get my wheels re-aligned! The service isn't the cheapest (see here - http://www.atseuroma
ster.co.uk/wheel-ali
gnment.htm) but needs to keep being redone because you can't dodge a lot of the potholes.
The potholes are in such a bad condition - I'm fed up of having to get my wheels re-aligned! The service isn't the cheapest (see here - http://www.atseuroma ster.co.uk/wheel-ali gnment.htm) but needs to keep being redone because you can't dodge a lot of the potholes. lauralouise90
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