Pothole mapping audit launched
The government has launched what it has called a “first-of-its-kind" audit to map potholes in England using data provided by businesses such as Deliveroo, Ocado, Tesco and Uber.
Launched on August 28 2020 by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP, the audit will use data from a range of on-road businesses alongside more generated by highway data specialists and local authorities to identify “pothole hot-spots”. This will then be used to target funding to where it is needed the most.
In March, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP announced that the government will spend £2.5 billion fixing an estimated 50 million potholes on the country’s roads over the next five years. The recent lockdown due to COVID-19 has led to an unusual quieter period for the roads and the Department for Transport has noted that this has allowed 319 miles of roadworks to go ahead with less disruption than would normally be the case. However, many of the nation’s roads are still in a poor state and, as the BMF has previously reported, nearly 700,000 new potholes were reported on the nation's highways in 2019 alone.
Commenting, Mr Shapps said: “I want our roads to be as safe as possible so, during the lockdown, we’ve resurfaced hundreds of miles of road. But now I want to go further by identifying critical potholes and ensuring these are fixed as quickly as possible. We’re teaming up with delivery companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5 billion to pothole repair fund.”