Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Potholes Pile Up

Following on from previous posts, the continuing irritation of potholes on our roads remain in the mind across the county and beyond.

In Wokingham Cllr Prue Bray managed to report 29 potholes in one week, while Paul Walter reported 8 in West Berkshire in just one day!

On cue, West Berkshire have announced an increase of 50% (an additional £220,000) to the emergency road repair budget,

Elsewhere Scaryduck reports on the £1m bill to fix potholes in Banbury, while according to the Local Government Association the national cost could easily reach £100m as 1.6m new potholes have been reported.

But a solution is available...

About 50 UK councils have acquired new Jetpatcher machines, which use the 'velocity patching technique' and is estimated to be 80% more cost effective than traditional road repairs, offers reduced repair time (and therefore disruption to traffic) of a third while lasting longer and is more environmentally friendly too.

Oranjepan asks:
How many avoidable accidents have occurred as a result of inadequate repairs due to outdated resources?


Background: Potholes Get Political, Beneath The Surface; Filling A Gap

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