Potholes repairs approach shake-up

Roads in Fylde and Wyre will get better pothole repairs from now on.

Roads in Fylde and Wyre will get better pothole repairs from now on.

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ROADS in Fylde and Wyre will get better pothole repairs from now on.

For a new approach to road repairs will see Lancashire County Council maintenance teams focus on boosting the long term lifespan of highways rather than make quick fixes to individual potholes.

Lancashire’s roads have suffered due to the cold weather – the council repaired around 20,000 potholes in 2010/11 – one third more than usual.

The council plans to maintain spending on replacing roads with more than £29m in the budget for the next year – but a new approach to repairs will shift the balance towards long-term repairs with teams directed to spend more time fixing each pothole.

Phil Barrett, director of environment and public protection services, said: “As the report from the Asphalt Industry Alliance says, all councils have had a real challenge on their hands to keep traffic moving safely on our roads as a result of the winter damage.

“Given that cold winters seem to be happening more regularly we’ve reviewed our approach and decided that we’ll achieve better value for money by making sure each repair lasts longer.

“As well as continuing to fix the worst potholes reported within 24 hours we’ll also have new teams who proactively find and fix potholes as well as responding to reports.”