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Cracking down on the cracks as potholes are filled across Hampshire

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Cracking down on the cracks as potholes are filled across Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:00pm 13th February 2017. (Updated at 5:02pm 13th February 2017)

You are unlikely to see long-lasting potholes in Hampshire.

That is according to the County Council as highways teams repair more than 10,000 potholes every year.

It says it has one of the lowest pothole compensation rates per mile, of county councils in the South East.

Highways teams have around 240 miles of roads and footways scheduled for improvements over the coming months.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “Our planned maintenance programme, Operation Resilience, is a long term strategy designed to ensure Hampshire’s road network is more resilient to the impact of heavy traffic and weather.

"We’ve put extra investment into this, around £10 million a year, and are seeing the results: Hampshire has one of the lowest pothole compensation claim rates per mile of road amongst all our neighbouring county councils in the South East.”

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Whether in Surrey or Hampshire you can see a map of reported potholes and photos across the country via Fix My Street website.

The site also updates when a problem has been fixed. 

Work by Hampshire's teams includes reconstruction, asphalt dressing and full resurfacing. 

Meanwhile the council says around £1.5million is being invested this year to improve drainage under the roads so heavy and intense rainfall can drain away quicker.

Councillor Humby continued: “Well maintained roads are vital to the prosperity of Hampshire and the quality of life of the people who live and work here.

"However, all councils are facing considerable funding pressures and it really is time for the Government to properly support us to maintain this critical infrastructure.

"The country’s motorists contribute significant amounts to the Government through various taxes, and I do believe that some of this money should be made available to help improve the state of roads across the country.”

Details of Hampshire County Council’s Operation Resilience planned maintenance programme is available online.


So where do potholes come from and how can you get them fixed?

We took a look:

Why do potholes appear?


FillThatPothole.org.uk
 claims there’s an average of one road defect for every 110 metres of road in the UK.

They can be dangerous for cyclists and vehicles. 

 

So what do I do to get it fixed?

The best thing to do is report the pothole to your council.

Surrey County Council has an online reporting system and a telephone line for emergency repairs.

On its website it says: "We define an emergency as a hazard that is an immediate threat to life or limb."

Report a pothole in Surrey

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