Winning the war on Lancashire's plague of potholes

Road menders are repairing an average of 10 potholes a day in Lancashire.

The number of potholes being fixed in the county has increased by 28 per cent since last year, according to new figures.

Between January 1 and the end of September, 36,577 potholes were found and repaired by the county council’s highways service. Of those, 92 per cent were fixed within their target time of 22 working days.

This is despite road maintenance crews working through the Coronavirus pandemic, with some staff diverted to other urgent work as a result. Now the county council is asking people to let them know what they think of the roads in the county.

Ninety-two per cent of potholes were fixed within their target time of 22 working days

Last winter’s poor wet weather caused more potholes than usual on Lancashire’s roads. However, during the first lockdown repair teams were only able to focus on responding to safety critical defects.

Since then they have been working hard to catch up over the summer and autumn, working with extra safety measures and social distancing in place.

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“Then during the first lockdown our highways staff assisted in setting up NHS Coronavirus testing facilities, the temporary mortuary at Warton and delivered PPE equipment to key workers. They have also recently been involved in setting up a new testing facility in Leyland


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“I’d like to thank them for working so hard this year in continuing to deliver an excellent service to our residents, despite these extra pressures.

“No-one likes to see potholes on the roads and we get a lot of enquiries, so our highways engineers have recently produced a video answering the common questions people ask about them on social media.

“Hopefully this will provide a useful insight into the service and why we do things a certain way, but also show how we are always striving to make Lancashire’s roads as safe as possible.”