More than 10,000 borough potholes busted

Telford & Wrekin Council has filled just over 10,400 potholes on borough roads thanks to the public and its Pothole Busters campaign.

More than 10,000 borough potholes busted

The Council launched the campaign at the end of January after an increase in the number of potholes due to the cold weather.

The major campaign asked residents to be out eyes and ears report potholes to the Council's highways maintenance team.

In turn we set up a special Pothole Busters hotline and online reporting system to help residents tell us where they had spotted potholes.

In the first 14 days of the campaign the number of public calls to the Council soared by around 300 per cent.

As a result, we received nearly 1,500 reports via email, online and telephone calls. Additional teams where introduced and they worked flat out to deal with the issue.

The surge in the number of potholes was caused due to this winter's harsh conditions and the regular freeze/thaw weather cycle causing road surfaces to break up.

Councillor Adrian Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Environment and the Rural Area, said: "The overwhelming success of this campaign has been largely thanks to residents, parish councils and Council staff who have been so proactive in reporting potholes to us.

"I know that contractors have worked really hard to tackle the issue and the amount of potholes which have been filled is phenomenal.

"I recognise the problem of potholes has not been completely solved, but thanks to the hard work and determination of this Council and its residents, it has been greatly improved."

The winter maintenance season and Pothole Busters campaign is now drawing to a close, but tackling potholes and looking after the borough's roads is still a top priority for the Council and the Council's maintenance can be contacted 24 hours a day at or on the hotline (01952) 384000 during normal office hours.

Inspectors investigate all reports and all potholes which are classed as urgent are fixed by the end of the next working day. Other potholes are prioritised according to their severity.

In addition to reports by the public, the Council routinely inspects roads in the borough for potholes.

The Council's highways teams will now be concentrating on a summer maintenance programme which includes road improvements.