Potholes are a common problem, and residents and road users to make an extra effort to report road defects online so that they can be inspected and repaired.
Winter weather can wreak havoc with the roads, but TfB has worked hard to repair damage done by the floods last year as well as recently embarking on a patching programme. Potholes are, however, an unfortunate inevitability, as any small imperfection or crack in the surface of the road can develop into a larger defect due to the freezethaw cycle. Water gets into the structure of the road, then freezes, expanding and pushing up the tarmac, and then once thawed, gaps are created, which get bigger with every cycle, weakening the road. TfB repairs hundreds of potholes every week, and rely on routine inspections and reports from the public to identify areas that require attention.
Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Cabinet Member for Transport said, “All road users are familiar with the sight of potholes, and we are no different to all counties in the country when it comes to road defects. We rely on reports from our road users to enable us to repair these issues, so I would urge you to help us out on National Pothole Day and report at least one!”
Potholes over 300mm wide and 40mm deep are classed as ‘category 1’ potholes and will be repaired first. If you spot one, you can report it in many different ways:
Phone: 0845 2302882 / 01296 382416
Twitter: @tfbalerts using the #NationalPotholeDay