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Pothole ALARM rings louder than ever before

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One in six roads across England and Wales is in such a bad state it must be repaired within the next five years, according to local authorities.

The pothole epidemic can't be blamed on aliens as our roads deteriorate faster than they can be repaired. Who is to blame then? 

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM) found that 17% of roads were in "poor" condition.

The government is planning to invest £1.2bn in roads this year, which includes repair and maintenance.

But authorities say it will take an average of 12 years and £12bn to bring the local network "up to scratch".

The survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) found the funding gap narrowed last year between what local highway teams received and what they actually needed to repair and maintain roads.

Despite that, councils were still nearly £730m short last year of what was required to keep the network in "reasonable order", it said.

Councillor Judith Blake, from the Local Government Association, said: "It is becoming increasingly urgent to address the roads crisis we face as a nation.

"Our roads are deteriorating at a faster rate than can be repaired and it would take more than £12bn and be 2030 before we could bring them up to scratch and clear the current roads repair backlog."

'Tipping point'

The AIA recommends that roads should be resurfaced between every 10 and 20 years.

Only London comes close to this, with the capital's roads repaired every 23 years on average. The frequency of road surfacing in England is 55 years, while in Wales it is 63 years.

Alan Mackenzie, chairman of the AIA, said the message from the survey was that "highway teams simply do not have enough money to arrest the terminal decline in the condition of our local roads and the network is not resilient enough to meet the challenges ahead".

He added that although the percentage of local roads in England and Wales classed as "good", which means they have 15 years or more remaining, rose from 48% to 53% last year, so did those in a poor condition, rising from 13% to 17%.

Mr Mackenzie said: "This is clearly not sustainable in the long-term and many highway engineers have warned of a tipping point ahead."

Last year, the government announced a £1.1bn investment in roads for 2017-18. This was increased to £1.2bn in January to include money from the National Productivity Investment Fund and the Pothole Action Fund.

The Department for Transport said: "It is vital councils keep our roads in a good condition to deliver better journeys for drivers.

"We are providing councils more than £6bn over six years to maintain roads and repair potholes. On top of this, we announced last autumn an additional £1.1bn to upgrade and repair roads for communities across England."

All we can say here at Street Repairs is firstly they need to know about potholes before they can be fixed. Report potholes here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lancashire County Council Is On Top of The Pothole Problem

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More than 60,000 potholes filled in across Lancashire

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64,565 potholes have been filled in across Lancashire in just one year.

Many areas needed around 5,000 of them fixing.

We used a Freedom of Information request to find out how many have been filled in each borough.

The highest was in Blackburn with Darwen, with a total of 9,799 problems on our roads sorted out in 2016.

More than 5,000 potholes were filled in across Hyndburn.

Pendle needed 2,682 taking care of, while 3622 were fixed in Chorley.

Pothole figures LCC

If you have a problem on your road you can report it here via the

Street Repairs website

Or if you live in Blackburn with Darwen can report potholes here to your local MP Jake Berry 

Just Over a Week To Go To The Biggest National Pothole Day Ever

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The countdown is well underway to the StreetRepairs.co.uk third annual #NationalPotholeDay on the 16th of January 2017.

StreetRepairs.co.uk said, "National Pothole Day comes at a crucial time when more than 89% of reports made by the public on the Street Repairs website relate to potholes". 

Media attention is gaining momentum simply because of the public demand for safe and pothole free roads.

The combination of the increasing financial burden from pothole damage to the motorist plus recent budget cuts to local authorities means awareness of Street Repair’s free service is more important than ever. 

The service offers a way for the authorities to engage with road users to action any defects which are reported in real time.

Mark Morrell (aka Mr-Pothole) StreetRepairs.co.uk press officer said, “Many millions of our followers and supporters have asked us to highlight the seriousness of this major problem, just take a look at our thunderclap campaign that tells you the strength of feeling from the pothole weary UK public. I use social media to produce mass awareness and continue to highlight this national issue. I can honestly say that the safety aspect alone from the Street Repairs website could save lives. No wonder public sentiment is very high in relation to this major issue.”

The Street Repairs website was launched just over three years ago and in this time has experienced exponential growth due to its popularity with its users. Transparency and clarity are the cornerstones for the website as every report made are publically available via many social media channels including Twitter, Facebook and of course their own website. 

Local authorities have the ability to respond to the reporter via Street Repairs by simply logging in and making a reply. It also offers the reporter the opportunity to track their report and receive text alerts for updates.

Mr. Morrell continues, “This is a perfect opportunity for the general public to showcase what their roads and communities are really like. We would like as many people as possible to join our campaign by highlighting local issues quickly and easily”.

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Halfords Autocentre Becomes Official Sponsor of National Pothole Day 2017

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Halfords Autocentres have today become the official sponsors of the StreetRepairs.co.uk website and #NationalPotholeDay 2017

The collaboration heralds a breakthrough in offering road users the ability to have the safety of their vehicles checked after hitting a pothole.

Potholes are an increasing problem on Britain’s roads, causing damage to vehicles and presenting a potential safety hazard.

Every Halfords Autocentre throughout the UK now offers a steering, tyre, and suspension safety check absolutely free of charge. This road safety initiative is yet another way of assisting UK road users when their vehicles are damaged by the dreaded pothole or other road defects. 

Halfords Autocentre Report-A-Pothole system is also available nationwide, empowering road users to improve the quality of their streets and roads. 

Tyres, suspension and steering can be susceptible after hitting a pothole but are also crucial components of any vehicle. With 313 Halfords Autocentres nationwide motorists can now have peace of mind after hitting a pothole that they can have their vehicle checked at any Halfords Autocentre free of charge.

Speaking about the collaboration, a spokesperson for Halfords Autocentres said: "Halfords Autocentres are pleased to be the official sponsors of National Pothole Day 2017 in partnership with Streetrepairs. We care about the safety of the UK motorist, that’s why we decided to sponsor #NationalPotholeDay. It made sense that we offered a free steering, tyre and suspension check carried out by our fully trained technicians after hitting a pothole."

Halfords Autocentres is the largest car service network in the UK. Alongside Halfords retail stores the addition of full service capability means the Halfords can offer the complete vehicle maintenance package. Halfords Autocentres offer the best of both, a cost structure which is competitive but a service which also delivers high standards and does not compromise manufacturers' warranties, the backing of a large group and the latest technology and training.

Mark Morrell, spokesperson for Street Repairs, said: "Working with one of the UK's most recognized motoring brands to ensure the safety of road users is yet another exciting step towards correcting road safety issues and encouraging more people to get involved with the issue of road maintenance and vehicle damage. With more road fault reports being submitted and greater visibility of the progress of repairs, road users, councils and the highways agency can work together to keep roads safe and free from potholes and other road defects." 

About Halfords : Halfords Autocentres has over 300 UK autocentres and is the UK's leading MOT, car service, brakes, repairs and tyres specialist.
More information: http://www.halfordsautocentres.com/offers/street-repairs and http://www.halfordsautocentres.com/advice/car-repairs-advice...

About National Pothole Day: streetrepairs.co.uk launched National Pothole Day in 2014 and since then every year the campaign has grown in popularity with the pothole-weary road user. Activity on the day draws attention to the safety issues around road infrastructure and offers the public a chance to join in the conversation, commenting, sharing and reporting potholes to the UK’s one and only real time live pothole reporting system.

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Press Officer Contact: Mark Morrell

Councillor says "Is That All We Get To Fix Our Potholes"

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A councillor has hit out at ‘insufficient’ funding to repair thousands of potholes across Oxfordshire.

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced a £70m fund to fix potholes across the country on Monday and also revealed Oxfordshire would benefit from £1,315,000 – enough to fix almost 25,000 potholes.

Oxfordshire’s allocation of £1.3m is only beaten in the South East by Surrey (£1.35m), Hampshire (£2.1m) and Kent (£2.2m).

But West Oxfordshire District councillor for Witney Duncan Enright said the provision is not enough.

In response to being told the figure, the Labour candidate in Witney’s October by-election said: “Is that all – [that] doesn’t sound like enough.”

Following the recent distribution of funds, a total number of 24,800 potholes across the county will be fixed or stopped from forming.

Cllr Enright added: “Any extra addition is welcome. As a result of my (and others) efforts and campaigning, there has been an improvement.

“It is important that people keep reporting pot holes and remind councillors to do their duty.”

Following last week’s Autumn Statement, transport secretary Chris Grayling released a breakdown of the government’s major investment in roads.

The Government has allocated over £11.6 million to the South East region to fix around 220,000 potholes from 2017 to 2018 or stop them forming in the first place.

According to the report, it costs £53 on average to fill a pothole.

 

 

 

 

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