6,400 potholes repaired so far in Worcestershire

Malvern Gazette: 6,400 potholes repaired so far in Worcestershire 6,400 potholes repaired so far in Worcestershire

POTHOLE-busting gangs have repaired more than 6,000 problems in roads in Worcestershire caused by the flooding and severe weather.

About £700,000 was channelled into tackling the challenge of repairing road issues and since the beginning of the year, the Highways teams have fixed a total of 6,400 potholes in their flood recovery efforts.

Councillor John Smith OBE, county council cabinet member for Highways, said: "Our teams have been working hard all year, with the pace accelerating a few weeks ago when the flood recovery work began. Inspections and repairs have increased and this will continue as we fix the inevitable problems caused by the heavy rainfall and flooding we've experienced so far this year."

Last year the teams fixed 27,000 defects on the county's 2,257miles of road.

People are being reminded that they can play an important part in repairing problems by reporting them through online services at worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit.

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11:21am Wed 19 Mar 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

Repaired properly? or just had some cold tarmac shovelled in and tamped down, meaning that the pothole will be reappearing in a few months time!
Repaired properly? or just had some cold tarmac shovelled in and tamped down, meaning that the pothole will be reappearing in a few months time! Arthur Blenkinsop
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12:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

disgusted with local F.A says...

They say we can report them how load would you like me to laugh.i have reported on severely occasions but to no avail.all paper talk and no actual signs of doing the job,driving round Worcestershire just lately is like driving on a roller coaster
They say we can report them how load would you like me to laugh.i have reported on severely occasions but to no avail.all paper talk and no actual signs of doing the job,driving round Worcestershire just lately is like driving on a roller coaster disgusted with local F.A
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2:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

WJS1950 says...

If roads were constructed properly from the outset using quality materials and proper techniques (rather than this wasteful and ineffective tar and chippings approach), and for potholes to be repaired properly and more resiliently, perhaps we wouldn't have thousands of potholes to repair, all at the tax-payer's expense.

And if the pace in repairing potholes has been "accelerated" following the floods, why wasn't this the pace beforehand? Why were the highways department working so slowly in the first place? Had they worked at this accelerated pace all along, perhaps potholes and other defects would be repaired within hours or days, not weeks, while road would be inspected more frequently rather than the current, once a year approach.

Worcestershire's roads are one of the worst managed and maintained in the country. All our neighbouring counties do things much, much better than the highway buffoons at County Hall.
If roads were constructed properly from the outset using quality materials and proper techniques (rather than this wasteful and ineffective tar and chippings approach), and for potholes to be repaired properly and more resiliently, perhaps we wouldn't have thousands of potholes to repair, all at the tax-payer's expense. And if the pace in repairing potholes has been "accelerated" following the floods, why wasn't this the pace beforehand? Why were the highways department working so slowly in the first place? Had they worked at this accelerated pace all along, perhaps potholes and other defects would be repaired within hours or days, not weeks, while road would be inspected more frequently rather than the current, once a year approach. Worcestershire's roads are one of the worst managed and maintained in the country. All our neighbouring counties do things much, much better than the highway buffoons at County Hall. WJS1950
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4:02pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Redhillman says...

WJS1950 wrote:
If roads were constructed properly from the outset using quality materials and proper techniques (rather than this wasteful and ineffective tar and chippings approach), and for potholes to be repaired properly and more resiliently, perhaps we wouldn't have thousands of potholes to repair, all at the tax-payer's expense.

And if the pace in repairing potholes has been "accelerated" following the floods, why wasn't this the pace beforehand? Why were the highways department working so slowly in the first place? Had they worked at this accelerated pace all along, perhaps potholes and other defects would be repaired within hours or days, not weeks, while road would be inspected more frequently rather than the current, once a year approach.

Worcestershire's roads are one of the worst managed and maintained in the country. All our neighbouring counties do things much, much better than the highway buffoons at County Hall.
Roads inspected once a year??? That's is totally shocking!!! So unless the highways department relies on the members of the public to do their job for them and report a pothole, it may go unnoticed for a year until they next inspect that road, while during that time the pothole will worsen and be a serious hazard. Roads should be inspected far more frequently and there must be some statutory legislation or law somewhere which says roads should be looked at more frequently than once a year and if there is, it seems Worcestershire's highways department are breaking the law, but then, that shouldn't come as a surprise with their track record of incompetence.

Totally agree with your other comments, more so about if roads were built properly from the outset and potholes mended properly. This department just seem fascinated with tar and chippings which we all know is ineffective, a total waste of money and it damages cars.

But then, when the head of the highways department is leaching over £80,000 a year from the tax payer on their salary alone, and their boss, one of the directors, is on over £110,000, why should they care about managing and repairing our roads properly. The highways department are probably not only the most ineffective and incompetent department at Worcestershire county council, but are probably the most ineffective and incompetent department in the country. A bunch of overpaid, idiotic and under-worked people if ever there were any.
[quote][p][bold]WJS1950[/bold] wrote: If roads were constructed properly from the outset using quality materials and proper techniques (rather than this wasteful and ineffective tar and chippings approach), and for potholes to be repaired properly and more resiliently, perhaps we wouldn't have thousands of potholes to repair, all at the tax-payer's expense. And if the pace in repairing potholes has been "accelerated" following the floods, why wasn't this the pace beforehand? Why were the highways department working so slowly in the first place? Had they worked at this accelerated pace all along, perhaps potholes and other defects would be repaired within hours or days, not weeks, while road would be inspected more frequently rather than the current, once a year approach. Worcestershire's roads are one of the worst managed and maintained in the country. All our neighbouring counties do things much, much better than the highway buffoons at County Hall.[/p][/quote]Roads inspected once a year??? That's is totally shocking!!! So unless the highways department relies on the members of the public to do their job for them and report a pothole, it may go unnoticed for a year until they next inspect that road, while during that time the pothole will worsen and be a serious hazard. Roads should be inspected far more frequently and there must be some statutory legislation or law somewhere which says roads should be looked at more frequently than once a year and if there is, it seems Worcestershire's highways department are breaking the law, but then, that shouldn't come as a surprise with their track record of incompetence. Totally agree with your other comments, more so about if roads were built properly from the outset and potholes mended properly. This department just seem fascinated with tar and chippings which we all know is ineffective, a total waste of money and it damages cars. But then, when the head of the highways department is leaching over £80,000 a year from the tax payer on their salary alone, and their boss, one of the directors, is on over £110,000, why should they care about managing and repairing our roads properly. The highways department are probably not only the most ineffective and incompetent department at Worcestershire county council, but are probably the most ineffective and incompetent department in the country. A bunch of overpaid, idiotic and under-worked people if ever there were any. Redhillman
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6:33pm Wed 19 Mar 14

saucerer says...

Worcestershire county council's highways department = totally and utterly incompetent.
Worcestershire county council's highways department = totally and utterly incompetent. saucerer
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8:12pm Wed 19 Mar 14

skychip says...

Still they draw high salaries for whatever they do, good or bad. Time things got sorted!
Still they draw high salaries for whatever they do, good or bad. Time things got sorted! skychip
  • Score: -2

7:53am Thu 20 Mar 14

Herefordian says...

You Worcester folk are lucky, your roads were like motorways even before your potholes were fixed compared with battle scared Herefordshire.
Witness it when you change counties and no amount of complaining gets anything done!!
You Worcester folk are lucky, your roads were like motorways even before your potholes were fixed compared with battle scared Herefordshire. Witness it when you change counties and no amount of complaining gets anything done!! Herefordian
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