Driver baffled as workers patch up potholes in a layby, but ignore the ones in the road
A lorry driver was left baffled after he saw workers filling in potholes in a layby off the A15, but leaving holes in the road itself unfilled.
The 52-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, parked up in the layby near Sleaford for some lunch when he saw the workers repairing the surface of the layby itself.
But he says he can’t understand why they weren’t focusing their efforts on the road itself, which is riddled with potholes.
He said: “I was totally amazed. I thought ‘no way’.
“With the state of the roads, and they are concentrating on laybys. It’s unbelievable.”
“People will be up in arms about it. I thought it was quite odd that they were doing it there.
“There is the main A15 with loads of potholes. They are repairing ones closer to Lincoln but they need to prioritise A roads rather than a layby.
“It seems so bizarre. I am guessing it was probably planned work in the pipeline for six months or a year but they should still prioritise A roads and cancel the layby. They don’t need to do that job.”
Lincolnshire County Council said its contractors have not completed the repairs on the A15 in the ‘suggested order’ and has promised all the potholes on the A15 will be filled in.
Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Each week, our repair jobs for a particular area are prioritised and sent to the contractor for completion.
“However, in this instance, the onsite gang didn’t complete the jobs in the suggested order. We will be raising this with the contractor, Kier, as we are extremely disappointed with this poor performance.
“We realise this is a frustrating situation for road users and would like to reassure them that we will be returning to the A15 in due course to fill potholes on the carriageway.”
Cllr Davies added: “Due to the unusually large number of potholes for us to deal with, we have brought in three additional teams to help tackle the extra workload. But even so, it can still take us longer than we’d like to deal with potholes at this current time.
“Recently, the council agreed to invest a further £12m in highways maintenance for this year to help tackle this issue. While this is a step in the right direction, it is nowhere near the hundreds of millions of pounds we’d need to bring our roads up to the standard we’d like.
“What is really needed is for Lincolnshire to receive fairer funding from the government, which is something we are campaigning for hard.
“If councils here received the average funding for council areas in England, the region would benefit from £116 million of extra funding for services every year – some of which could be used towards highways repairs. That would make a massive difference.”
The layby sits between Rippingale and Aslackby on the A15 south of Sleaford.
Our photographer Anna Draper took a drive down the A15 to take a look at the potholes in the layby for herself.
She counted 180 holes in the layby which had been filled in, with some being very small and others being several feet long.
One local resident living in Rippingale, which has several potholes in the village, told Lincolnshire Live: “The potholes in the village are not really a problem because we know they are there, but it could be difficult for other people.
“They definitely should not be spending time filling in potholes in a layby. They should be filling them in on the roads.
“Local people don’t use the laybys but we will pay our taxes to maintain the roads. The taxes go towards filling in potholes in the roads and that is what matters to us.
“Within two years, I’ve had four splits in my tyres from potholes.
“The roads are alright if you stay in the middle of the road, but you can be forced to the sides and forced into potholes.”