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New push to improve local roads sees dramatic pothole reduction

16 January 2017

The number of potholes on local roads dropped by a fifth over the last six months following major investment.

Following previous improvements to Essex’s main roads, additional funding was provided to repair potholes on local roads from July until the end of December 2016.

Pothole numbers on these local roads throughout Essex dropped from 4,954 to 3,961 during this period, despite the extra problems caused by worsening weather conditions.

During this time crews fixed more than 3,200 potholes, with fewer potholes developing thanks to a record-breaking road surfacing programme over the summer.

The improvements come as the Government has announced an extra £1,869,000 for Essex as part of the national Pothole Action Fund for the financial year 2017/18.

Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “With more than 5,000 miles to look after across Essex, it is important that we keep key routes in the best condition possible to keep Essex residents and businesses moving.

“But this should not be at the expense of our local road network and I am delighted to see our push for improvements on local roads has made a real difference.

“We have teams out on a daily basis fixing potholes across the county this winter.

“This complements our long-term approach to improving our roads which saw a record 3.24 million square metres of road surface dressing last summer alone.”

The latest road condition survey, which includes laser survey data from all Essex roads, shows that only 2 per cent (down from 6 per cent in 2013) of priority routes require maintenance, and local roads are down from the target level of 13 per cent to 12 per cent.

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