Government announces new push on potholes
A consultation has been launched on holding utility companies to account for sub-standard road repairs that lead to potholes.
Currently, utility companies who carry out roadworks as part of their activities must return road surfaces to normal and commit to their integrity for two years afterwards or be held responsible for fixing them. The consultation could see that raised to five years in a bid to force utility companies to adhere to higher standards and so reduce the amount of damage caused to the country’s roads.
Similarly, the consultation is also seeking opinions on the introduction of new asphalt standards and road surfacings. One potential new surface is asphalt with a higher bitumen content than is currently used so that it is easier to compact to a suitable density and less likely to be worn away by traffic.
Announcing the launch of the consultation on March 6, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP said: “Potholes are the biggest enemy for road users and this government is looking at all options to keep our roads in the best condition. Road surfaces can be made worse by utility companies, so imposing higher standards on repairs will help keep roads pothole-free for longer.”
The consultation is set to last for eight weeks and you can have your say here.
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Picture credit: Chris Grayling MP (Crown Copyright)