Council focuses on potholes after cold snap and wet weather

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Worcestershire County Council is acting promptly on repairing potholes following a mixture of unfavourable weather conditions in the past few months.

Between October and December 2022, a total of 1,736 potholes were either reported by residents or identified by highways inspectors and swiftly repaired. 

It follows the dry summer weather, a spell of very cold winter weather and the ongoing rain. 

County teams are working relentlessly to repair potholes that meet the defect criteria as quickly as possible to help address the challenge.  

Worcestershire County Council, and its contractor, Ringway, are working hard to fix potholes on Worcestershire’s roads. 

Councillor Mike Rouse, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, at Worcestershire County Council said: “The weather has provided the perfect conditions for potholes to form and that's why we're seeing an increase in the number of road defects throughout the county.  

“We continue to make a huge investment in our roads and pavements to ensure we have well-connected communities and meet the objectives in our Corporate Plan. Worcestershire’s surfaces are the best in the region. We have an excellent track record of repairing potholes and always inspect potholes reported to us and make a prompt and effective repair.’’ 

Worcestershire County Council is committed to having good quality roads and pavements as a top priority for residents and businesses, continuing to invest an additional £6 million and £4 million respectively in these, and maintaining a national top-quartile performance in the condition of the County’s roads and pavements.  

If people see a pothole on Worcestershire’s roads, they should report it. Visit the report a highway issue page; where anyone can register a highway defect directly. 

In Worcestershire, the M5, M42, M50 and A46 are all managed by National Highways, and so any issues on these roads should not be reported to Worcestershire County Council.

To learn more about how the County Council fixes its potholes, including those reported visit the Worcester County Council's YouTube channel