WJ – New approaches key to overcoming the pothole crisis
Local authorities must employ a variety of solutions and new ways of working to tackle the ongoing pothole crisis, according to road safety specialists WJ.
With local councils and the AA reporting that pothole numbers reached a five-year high last year, decision makers continue to face the challenge of balancing necessary repairs with tight budget constraints.
Estimated to have cost drivers £160m last year, almost 630,000 pothole incidents were reported to authorities in 2023. A record high, the overall total is expected to be significantly higher with data only being collected from 115 of 208 councils.
These statistics are expected to worsen in 2024 as we experience further wet weather and extreme temperature fluctuations. WJ Group, is offering its support to local authorities to ensure that drivers are not impacted by potholes.
Wayne Johnston, CEO and Founder at WJ, explained: “Local authorities have a difficult task on their hands. As budgets continue to tighten and additional demands are placed on them, decision makers inevitably focus on immediate problems impacting the quality of their roads. Whilst this focus may be necessary, even the smallest of potholes can begin to cause significant issues.”
WJ can deliver permanent pothole repairs of various sizes, using media that cures rapidly for fast installation. This quick approach allows for minimum disruption for road users whilst preventing further deterioration of the road surface. The solution is ideal for high-stress and high-traffic roads where a pothole could have a significant impact.
The system fits seamlessly into road maintenance schedules, combining works programmes to deliver an efficient and affordable pothole repair solution. As well as working quickly, the solution can also deliver a lower environmental impact in comparison to other solutions.
Wayne added: “Alongside impacting drivers, potholes also pose a serious risk to vulnerable people who could trip on them and to cyclists who may lose their balance. The longer they are left unrepaired, the likelihood of them becoming larger increases, in turn this increases the risk posed. It is because of these risks that local authorities need to maximise the impact of their budgets by using all the options available to them.”