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Essex Highways to deliver extra crews thanks to government pothole funding

19 December 2017

Workmen filling in pothole

Essex roads are set to benefit from extra Government money to target potholes and improve highway maintenance.
 
Essex County Council’s share of the £200 million national pot is yet to be confirmed, but the council is already pledging that it will use the extra funds to get crews out quickly in the new year.
 
Residents are set to see six additional Essex Highways crews on the ground in January helping to improve the condition of our county’s roads.
 
Councillor Ian Grundy, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This additional money is very good news for road users in Essex. 
 
“We have a good idea of roughly how much we will get, so we can move very quickly with our highways partner, Ringway Jacobs, to get extra crews out on our roads fixing potholes in January 2018. 
 
“They can use their workforce and partner firms to mobilise new crews and vehicles at speed so residents feel the benefit of this extra funding as soon as possible.”
 
Cllr Grundy added: “Highways crews have fixed more than 5,000 potholes already since April 2017 as well as resurfacing more than 400 miles of road. This money is timely and our rapid response will help deal with the extra potholes that often appear at this time of year as water gets into small cracks, freezes, expands and damages road surfaces.”
 
Essex Highways completed more than three million square metres of road surfacing this summer to help reduce the number of potholes developing on key routes. 
 
As well as crews dedicated to fixing potholes, other crews carry out: resurfacing, streetlight repairs and replacement; safety improvements; emergency repairs; traffic light upgrades; white line repainting; drain clearance; pavement and kerb repairs; inspections; bridge repair; as well as seasonal verge cutting and footpath maintenance.
 
You can find out more about the Government announcement on extra pothole funding at: gov.uk/government/news/200-million-funding-boost-for-englands-roads.