Thousands of road potholes in county repaired by council

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Northumberland County Council has stated that almost all of the potholes it has been made aware of over the past two years have been repaired.

Between November 2013 and November 2015, a total of 12,500 potholes were reported to the local authority. If filled in 12,472 of them.

It has also revealed that during the same time, a further 50,605 potholes were identified and repaired during routine inspections.

These efforts form part of the council’s Local Transport Plan Programme – a £19million investment for 2015/16 to maintain and improve the county’s highways and transport network.

This includes extensive work on roads, bridges and culverts across Northumberland, along with an annual surface dressing programme that seals the road, protects the underlying construction and restores the surface texture and skid resistance.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “As with many local authorities, we have seen our road network deteriorate over the past few years – mainly due to long-term under investment, exacerbated by a series of severe weather events.

“However, we recognise the importance of maintaining this network and we have, over the past two years, invested heavily in additional resources to help tackle the issue and have seen significant improvements as a result.

“Particularly effective have been our Jetpatchers. These are two self-contained units that carry all the necessary equipment and materials to repair potholes.

“The recent extreme weather has taken its toll on the road network and the freezing conditions following the wet weather will cause more potholes, but our teams are prepared for this and will be working to carry out repairs quickly and efficiently.”

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