‘Pothole Busters’ take to the roads as councils count the cost of the cold

09/03/2018

Gangs of ‘Pothole Busters’ will be out on the roads of Hampshire ‘in a matter of days’ as the sector expressed dismay over the potential for the Beast from the East to have done serious damage to the local road network.

Hampshire County Council added it has had to reprogramme planned maintenance work as a result of the recent extreme weather.

Cllr Rob Humby, executive member for environment and transport, said: ‘We’ve got a massive challenge on our hands.  The damage inflicted by snow and ice countywide on Hampshire’s roads, is severe.

‘With a multi-million pound repair bill on our hands, we’ve mobilised extra Pothole Busters gangs to go out immediately to make interim repairs and, with our budgets already under pressure, have had to re-programme planned maintenance work. Unless we receive significant extra national funding, it is likely to take around 12 months to get the road network back to the state it was before the winter.’

Cllr Humby said the RAC was ‘absolutely correct’ to predict that the cold snap will result in more potholes.

He added: ‘Highways maintenance has been underfunded by the Government for years, leaving the local road network in a state of decline, even before the snow.

‘In Hampshire, we have invested an extra £10m each year in our planned maintenance Operation Resilience programme, which is proving effective in reducing the rate of decline in our roads, but without additional Government funding, it is simply not possible to deliver overall improvements in the roads from year to year.’

Cllr Humby said the council supported the Local Government Association’s call for  the Government ‘to reinvest some of the tax raised from motorists back into the [local] roads used by millions of people every day’.

The council said it was urging its residents to report potholes and road defects directly here  www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems as reporting defects via a third party means it takes longer for reports to reach its highways teams.

 

 

Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Cold Comfort conference and exhibition. The annual winter maintenance event takes place on 16th and 17th May at the Ricoh Arena Coventry.Register Today and take advantage of the Super Early Bird Discount.

 

 

The 5th Annual Cold Comfort Scotland winter maintenance conference and exhibition takes place on 26th April at the Hilton Dunblane Hydro. Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount by registering today.

 

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

INSIDE:

Highways Awards 2021 finalists revealed

Harris leads National Highways into new era

View the latest issue


Highways jobs

Traffic Engineering Specialist

£31,272 per annum (Band 6)
Eastleigh Borough Council is an ambitious and progressive council with a good reputation for tackling environmental issues. Eastleigh, Hampshire
Recruiter: Eastleigh Borough Council

Commissioning Officer - Highways Asset Management

£34,728 - £36,922 per annum
We are looking to appoint a Highways Asset Management Officer to join our successful and innovative team. Warwick, Warwickshire
Recruiter: Warwickshire County Council

Environmental Health Officer

£27,741 to £33, 782
We have an opportunity in our Health and Safety Team for an Experienced Health and Safety Officer Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Senior Technician - Asset Management - Highways & Flood Risk

£23,541 to £29,577 per annum (Grade G)
We are currently looking to recruit to two exciting opportunities who will join us and play a role in improving West Berkshire’s highways. Newbury, Berkshire
Recruiter: West Berkshire Council

Street Works Co-ordinator

£21,153 - £23,791
Do you want to make a difference to how Street Works are managed within Lincolnshire? Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Principal Transport Planning Officer

£44,863 - £46,845. In addition, re-location expenses may also be paid.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Strategic Transport Planning Team at Gloucestershire County Council (GCC). Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Recruiter: Gloucestershire County Council

Group Engineer - Highways Network Management

£40,876 - £45,859 Plus market rate supplement of £3,000, reviewed annually
We are looking for a Group Engineer who will support the recovery from the pandemic. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Group Engineer - Safety Design

£40,876 - £45,859 Plus market rate supplement of £3,000, reviewed annually
We are looking for an experienced engineer to join our Highways Safety Design team. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Highways Asset Management Engineer

£30,451 - £32,234 per annum
The post holder will... Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Senior Traffic Engineer

£32,910 - £35,745 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to join Telford & Wrekin Council’s Highway Network Management Team to... Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Traffic Signals Engineer

£25,991 - £35,745
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Technician/Engineer to join the Traffic Signals Systems & Operations (TSSO) team as a Career Grade Engineer. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Street Lighting Design Engineer

£18,812 - £35,745
This is an exciting opportunity for you to join Lincolnshire County Council's Street Lighting Team as a Street Lighting Design Engineer. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Project Engineers

£36,922 per annum (Grade H-I)
West Berkshire Council are looking for innovative, enthusiastic and focused Project Engineers. Newbury, Berkshire
Recruiter: West Berkshire Council

Charge Hand (Highways)

£24,943 to £27,067 per annum
We are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to contribute to the team’s growth and success. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Principal Highways Drainage Engineer

£32,910 - £35,745 per annum
Do you want to take a leading role maintaining a large network of assets? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Cleaner Streets and Waste Contract Manager - Communities

£48,809 - £49,794 per annum
Responsible for managing the street cleansing, household waste collections services and community recycling centres Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
Recruiter: Bridgend County Borough Council

Senior Engineer Flood & Drainage

£40,876 - £45,859
We make a difference to the environment we live in. Come and help us manage our blue infrastructure. Bracknell, Berkshire
Recruiter: Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Senior Engineer

£31,339 to £35,754 per annum
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who are willing to contribute to the teams growth and success. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Waste Collection Operative - Loaders / HGV Drivers (Hays Recruitment)

Competitive Salary
Hays are excited to be working in partnership with Chelmsford City Council who are always looking to expand their teams and are looking for... Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Highways Presents

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Video