Pothole Busters Out in Force
Telford & Wrekin Council is launching its Pothole Busters campaign asking people in the borough to help crackdown on potholes on public roads.
One of the coldest Decembers on record has caused a jump in the number of potholes on public roads, so the Council is now putting extra resources in to deal with and fill these.
Borough drivers and residents are being asked to help by reporting as many potholes as possible to the Council, which will get out and repair them as quickly as it can.
To report potholes, residents can:
- Report a pothole online 24 hours a day at www.telford.gov.uk/potholebusters
- Call the Pothole Busters hotline on (01952) 384000 (8am – 7pm weekdays)
The Council is doubling from four to eight the number of teams its has to deal with potholes across the borough and expects this extra resource to be in place until at least the end of March.
A similar campaign last year saw the Council fill an estimated 11,500 potholes in a similar period with around 1,500 potholes reported by the public.
Top priority is given to urgent potholes and the Council expects to repair eight out of ten reported potholes, including all urgent reports, within two working days. Those not repaired within this time will be filled in five to 20 working days and will be prioritised according to their urgency.
The number of potholes has increased because of the cold weather and the “freeze/thaw” cycle where expanding freezing surface water penetrates weaknesses in road surfaces and causes these to crack and leading to potholes forming.
Councillor Adrian Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Environment and Rural Area, said: “The condition of the public roads is a major issue for our residents. It’s also one of our top priorities – that’s why we are putting these extra resources into deal with this as a matter of urgency.
“While we have inspectors out every day on the roads, we want the public to play their part by being our eyes – people usually know where the problems are.
“So if you spot a pothole, tell us where it is and we’ll fill it. Give as much information as possible, regarding the location of the pothole or damage to the road so that inspectors can respond effectively.”
For further information visit www.telford.gov.uk/potholebusters and the Council’s http://www.telford.gov.uk/ website will include details of where Council crews have been out filling potholes during the campaign.