It’s not a national day that usually sets the pulse racing but Telford & Wrekin Council is encouraging everyone in the borough to join in the National Pothole Day on 15 January and report any potholes they spot in the borough so they can be fixed
The Council’s road maintenance teams, as part of its Pride in Our Community programme, fix potholes.
The ongoing work has seen the number of reported potholes reduce in recent years, from 7,024 in 2015 to 2923 in 2019.
This is due to the extra investment from the Council to tackle potholes, which has seen more crews dedicated to fixing potholes and highways inspectors out daily to check the road network, reporting any potholes they see.
Working alongside the new Highways Contractor, Balfour Beatty, the Council uses the "Right First Time” efficient approach to repairing potholes, meaning the repairs last longer.
Residents have also been helping by actively reporting the potholes they spot and the Council is hoping that National Pothole Day on 15 January can help get even more people be pothole lookouts.
Councillor Richard Overton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services said: "Potholes are a national problem and we aim to do everything possible to fix them in our borough.
"I never thought I’d be celebrating National Pothole Day, but it’s a good time to thank everyone who has helped in reporting the potholes they see to us.
"Although we know more potholes appear in winter, it is impossible to predict where they will appear. So with 626 miles of road in our borough, it really does help when the public reports the ones they spot so we can fix them.
"It’s really easy to report online at www.telford.gov.uk/potholes or using the free "My Telford” account, which will help you manage many other enquiries with the Council and monitor their progress.
"This year we are investing £12 million in more than 220 "Pride in Our Community” schemes across the borough and improving our road network is one of our top priorities.”
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