Council to press ahead with permanent road repairs
North Lincolnshire Council has said its crews have repaired 2,856 potholes in the last five weeks
Permanent road repairs will be the focus for council highways teams from today after almost 3,000 potholes were fixed in North Lincolnshire over the last five weeks.
North Lincolnshire Council has said its staff have repaired a total of 2,856 potholes since mid-March and they will now concentrate on repairing larger stretches of road which have been left damaged.
Council teams were set to be repairing roads in Bottesford, Barton-Upon-Humber, Barrow-Upon-Humber, Goxhill, North Killingholme and South Killingholme from today.
And although the focus is now on permanent repairs, the authority has said a dedicated reactive team will still be deployed to respond to emergency pothole repairs and residents have been encouraged to continue to report potholes to the council.
Council leader Rob Waltham said: “I want to thank residents for reporting potholes and would encourage people to continue reporting them as it helps identify where they are and enables us to prioritise a programme of work for the week ahead.
“We have repaired almost 3,000 potholes now and are now concentrating on carrying out more permanent repairs.
“We will still be responding to urgent repairs and I would encourage people to continue to report potholes they come across, as this is really helpful to us.
“I think the vast majority of people understand that we are doing everything we can and I’d like to thank them for bearing with us while we carry out the repairs.”
The council announced last month that it was to carry out a £49 million investment programme for the region’s roads over the next four years, of which pothole repairs forms part.
An additional £1.1 million has also been allocated from the Government’s pothole challenge fund, the latest £529,807 of which was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in late March.
Concerns had previously been raised about potholes on the region’s roads, with a legal noticehanded to the council in relation to three roads and a letter sent to the authority by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin, calling for action to be taken.