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New £5m action plan to improve Staffordshire’s roads

Plans to improve Staffordshire’s roads and tackle more potholes have been announced today (Thursday) by Staffordshire County Council.

The new £5m investment will see four pothole “zapping” velocity patching machines working alongside traditional crews to tackle more potholes, carry out wider hotspot patching where there are a number of defects, and work on preventative measures such as surface dressing.

Coupled with a £5million cash injection last year, this means an extra £10million has been invested to tackle potholes over the past two years.

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport said that the investment would help the county council fix more category one and two potholes than ever before.

She said:

“We have a huge rural network, stretching out more than 6,400km, and maintaining it is a huge undertaking especially after the winter months, where defects start to show.  Good roads are really important to residents and business, not just getting people from A to B, but in growing the economy and linking people to jobs, education and community facilities.

“Last year we managed to fix more than 35,000 potholes as result of an extra £5million investment into the county’s roads, meaning more than 2,500 defects were being repaired on average every month.  This new investment will help us continue this work and keep the county moving.

“We will continue to prioritise repairs based on the risk they pose, but it is important to remember that fresh potholes occur daily and we need to manage both the repairs of these and the expectations of what can be delivered with the budgets we have available.”

The new investment will see:

  • Four velocity patching – working on fixing potholes, surface dressing and routine maintenance.  These 18-tonne machines help speed up repairs by blowing debris, priming the road and filling setting the pothole
  • Multihog all-purpose machine – with multi attachments, allowing it to carry out a range of highways functions from road planning to weed killing to ploughing snow in the winter
  • Onsite tarmac manufacturing machine – to deliver better results by preparing hot tarmac as it is needed
  • Work on preventative ‘surface dressing’ measures