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Pothole victim urges other cyclists to come forward

05/05/2011

A cyclist from West Yorkshire has been awarded more than £2,000 in compensation after he hit a pothole and the impact threw him from his bike.

Repair blitz sees 6,000 potholes filled in Staffordshire

19/05/2011

Staffordshire council is sending its pothole patrols out onto the streets for another month after 6,000 potholes were filled during a ten week blitz on defective roads.

Quickest pothole filling councils named

08/06/2011

National cyclists' organisation CTC has named Cheshire West and Cheshire Council as Britain's best-performing pothole-filling local authority.

Pothole fillers receive awards from Pendleton

21/07/2011

Olympic and World Champion track cyclist, Victoria Pendleton, has personally recognised the UK council doing the best job at repairing potholes.

Highways Agency starts A590 pothole repairs

11/08/2011

Overnight work to resurface the carriageway and tackle potholes along five different sections of the A590 in Cumbria will get underway next week.

New motorway pothole regime under fire

11/08/2011

Highways Agency plans to introduce new rules that require contractors to carry out emergency repairs only if potholes are more than 4cm deep or 15cm wide have come under fire from the industry.

Good practice call for pothole review

15/09/2011

In order to deal with potholes, local authorities need to adhere to recognised industry best practice, be open to innovation and specify the best not the cheapest solution.

Council looks to borrow £14m pothole cash

10/11/2011

Cardiff Council is considering plans to borrow up to £14m to fix potholes in the city.

Council slashes pothole repair time

08/12/2011

Council chiefs in Cumbria claim they have slashed the time it takes to fix potholes.

Scottish councils pay out £1.7m for pothole damage

05/01/2012

Local authorities across Scotland have had to pay out £1.7m to motorist in compensation for damage cause by potholes.

Council to grade pothole risk

04/04/2012

Pothole repairs in the West Midlands could take a lot longer under new highway maintenance plans in Walsall.

Pothole review preaches prevention

12/04/2012

Pothole prevention is now officially better than reactive maintenance according to a government review.

Extra £1m for Gloucestershire repairs

14/01/2013

Gloucestershire County Council has pledged an extra £1m to fix flood-damaged roads following one of the wettest winters on record.

Councillor declares war on potholes

15/01/2013

Cheshire East Council’s new Cabinet member in charge of the environment is leading its war on potholes which will be boosted by a £25m cash investment over the next two years.

Drivers claim £20m for pothole damage

22/01/2013

Research from consumer body Which? has revealed that local councils last year paid road users more than £20 million in compensation for damage caused by potholes.

Academics promote better pothole repairs

13/02/2013

Academic research into potholes shows that patch repairs could be much more durable if a few simple techniques were consistently adopted.

Claims soar as pothole crisis deepens

14/03/2013

The condition of the local road network deteriorated further last year, despite councils fixing more than two million potholes.

Nu-Phalt pothole repair system to be used in East Sussex

02/05/2013

May Gurney is expanding the use of its Nu-Phalt thermal road repair system.

Pothole repairs remain a priority in Stoke-on-Trent

04/07/2013

Highways officers in Stoke-on-Trent have pledged to repair every pothole reported to them within 24 hours.

Potholes to be tackled in Blackburn

16/07/2013

Blackburn and Darwen Council is launching a multi-million pound ‘Invest to Save’ programme in an effort to clear the backlog of repairs on its roads.

Scheme aims to make East Sussex roads pothole-proof

24/07/2013

East Sussex County Council is investing £1.5 million in an effort to make 30 roads across the county pothole-proof.

Summer resurfacing project underway in Kent

21/08/2013

Highways crews across Kent are working to improve the standard of the county’s roads.

Council fixes 50,000th pothole

29/08/2013

Cheshire East Council has just repaired its 50,000th pothole this year.

IAM calls for long term funding of roads

29/08/2013

Councils need to commit to long term funding to see progress with the UK’s pothole crisis, according to road safety charity IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). 

Lincolnshire road with ‘500’ pothole repairs

19/09/2013

Lincolnshire County Council has agreed to resurface a road that has been compared to a patchwork.

Pothole repair programme for A66

08/10/2013

A £138,000 scheme to tackle potholes along the A66 west of Penrith in Cumbria will get underway later this month.

Minor roads in West Sussex could be resurfaced

09/12/2013

West Sussex County Council has said it could spend millions on resurfacing unclassified roads.

Government backs smartphone app to pinpoint potholes

24/12/2013

A smartphone app that allows users to report potholes has been revamped.

Severe weather leads to more potholes in Kent

15/01/2014

Kent County Council has been using extra highways crews to tackle an increase in potholes following the severe weather and flooding over the holiday period.

IHE president talks potholes on BBC Breakfast

16/01/2014

Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) president Richard Hayes appeared on BBC Breakfast this week to talk about the increasing problem of potholes.

£100m pothole cash should start repair revolution

24/03/2011

Maintenance specialists are hoping that the extra £100m for pothole repairs announced in this week's budget means the message is gradually getting through to Government over highways funding.

Government money to be spent on flood-hit roads

13/02/2014

The government has pledged £61 million to help repair damaged roads and build greater resilience into the railway network in the south west.

£5m needed to avert highways crisis in North Yorkshire

17/02/2014

A contribution of at least £5 million is needed to avert a crisis on the roads of North Yorkshire.

£140m funding boost for roads hit by bad weather

11/03/2014

An extra £140million is being made available by the government to help repair flood-damaged roads.

Osborne announces £200m funding to fix potholes

19/03/2014

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed an extra £200 million pot to help councils repair potholes in his 2014 budget with local authorities invited to bid for funding.

Councils receive share of roads repair funding

20/03/2014

Local authorities across England have been told how much funding they will receive to help repair flood-damaged roads.

Thousands of potholes to be fixed in Staffordshire

26/03/2014

Around 7,000 extra potholes will be repaired across Staffordshire as part of a £2.1 million package of investment in the county’s roads.

£12bn repair bill for Britain’s roads after record rainfall

03/04/2014

The estimated cost to get the local road network in England and Wales back into reasonable condition has increased to £12 billion (from £10.5bn in 2013).

New machine set to wage war on Britain’s potholes

10/04/2014

JCB is waging war on the nation’s millions of potholes with the launch of a new machine designed to rid roads of them.

£30m investment to improve roads in West Sussex

15/04/2014

West Sussex County Council is investing £30 million to repair the county’s local roads over the next two years.

£40m investment to resurface Warrington’s roads

17/04/2014

Warrington Borough Council is set to spend £40 million on a major programme of road resurfacing over the next three to five years.

£2m additional funding to improve York’s roads

17/04/2014

An additional £2 million has been made available to help improve roads and footpaths in York.

Councils urged to apply for £168m pothole repair fund

24/04/2014

Local authorities are being invited to bid for a share of a £168 million pothole fund to repair local roads.

Ringway contract for Milton Keynes launched

28/04/2014

Ringway has started work on a seven year highways contract for Milton Keynes Council.

Flood-hit roads to be fixed in Buckinghamshire

16/06/2014

A programme of works is underway to help treat Buckinghamshire’s flood-hit roads.  

Councils allocated £168m to fix potholes

20/06/2014

Local councils have been allocated £168 million of funding from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund.

MPA welcomes roads funding

24/06/2014

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has welcomed the government’s £168 million funding from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund.

Patching dragon used on UK roads

26/06/2014

A Swedish patcher known as ‘the dragon’ is being trialled on UK highway maintenance jobs.

Velocity patcher powers through Beds potholes

03/09/2014

More than 1,200 potholes have been fixed in Central Bedfordshire in the last three weeks.

PATCH team fixing roads in Swansea

09/09/2014

Swansea Council is carrying out extensive road repairs in the west of the city.

Public wants fuel duty spent on fixing roads

12/09/2014

Fuel duty should be reinvested back into local areas to help bring crumbling roads up to scratch, according to the results of a national poll carried out on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA).

Public unhappy with condition of UK roads

25/09/2014

Public satisfaction with the condition of UK roads is at an all time low, according to a report carried out by the Government’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Keysoft calls for proactive approach to road repairs

16/10/2014

Highways maintenance software developer Keysoft Solutions has warned that patching up potholes is bad news for Britain’s roads.

Pothole repairs carried out in North Yorkshire

26/11/2014

North Yorkshire County Council has carried out extensive pothole repairs with 60 kilometres of highways repaired in six months.

£6bn to be spent on local roads

29/12/2014

The government will spend £6 billion on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021.

National Pothole Day to take place

05/01/2015

The UK’s first ever National Pothole Day will take place on 15 January 2015.

Councils facing backlog of pothole repairs

06/01/2015

Councils across Britain are facing huge backlogs of pothole repairs, according to information obtained by the Press Association.

National Pothole Day receives industry backing

15/01/2015

National Pothole Day is taking place today (Thursday 15 January) and has received wide support from the industry.

Jetpatcher helps fix potholes in East Sussex

21/01/2015

East Sussex County Council repaired more than 65,000 potholes in 2014.

Pothole claims reach £3.2m

26/01/2015

UK motorists claimed more than £3 million compensation for pothole damage last year, according to a survey carried out by the RAC Foundation.

Smart scanning technology detects early signs of potholes

27/01/2015

New scanning technology developed by Nottingham Trent University could help detect the early signs of potholes and determine their severity.

HA apologises for M25 failings

29/01/2015

The Highways Agency has apologised for a series of failings after a section of the M25 in Surrey collapsed causing huge delays for motorists in November last year.

Pothole repairs drop in West Sussex

25/02/2015

Fewer potholes have been reported in West Sussex so far this year compared to 12 months ago.

Pothole claims reach £270,000 in the south east

04/03/2015

Three councils in the south east paid out more in compensation for pothole damage in 2013/14 compared to 2012/13.

Pothole action paying off in Leicestershire

18/03/2015

A shift from reactive to proactive maintenance has helped reduce the number of potholes in Leicestershire.

Cost of roads repair backlog is still £12bn

26/03/2015

The estimated cost to get the local road network in England and Wales back into reasonable condition remains at £12 billion – despite a 33% increase in the number of potholes filled over the last year.

World Pothole Day underway

25/03/2015

World Pothole Day is taking place today (25 March 2015).

Instarmac named as a top company to work for

08/04/2015

Pothole repair manufacturer Instarmac has been listed 78th in The Sunday Times' annual Top 100 Best Small Companies To Work For.

IAM: Put potholes and road safety at top of agenda

10/04/2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called on the next government to make road safety and the tackling of potholes a top priority.

Pothole blitz on Swansea’s roads

13/04/2015

More than 1,000 potholes and other road defects have been fixed in Swansea so far this year.

Road repairs carried out in Essex

14/04/2015

Essex County Council has issued a quarterly report which shows that it fixed more than 14,500 road defects in the last three months.

New car could detect potholes

11/06/2015

Jaguar Land Rover is developing and testing a car that will be able to identify the location and severity of potholes and help drivers avoid them.

Local authorities in battle for roads cash

12/06/2015

Councils fighting for local roads funding will be allocated funds based on performance, under a pilot scheme launched by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Potholes painted with white lines in Gloucester

02/07/2015

A series of potholes in Gloucester have been ‘filled’ – by painting white lines through them.

Surrey CC to make roads pothole-proof

14/07/2015

Surrey County Council will make more than 800 roads pothole-proof over the next three years.

Reports of potholes coming down in West Sussex

30/07/2015

Potholes recorded on West Sussex roads have halved compared to this time last year.

Pothole repairs being carried out in Swansea

10/08/2015

Swansea Council has fixed more than 3,500 potholes and other road defects this year.

RAC Foundation reveals pothole compensation claims

29/09/2015

Drivers made a pothole compensation claim every 18 minutes during the last financial year, according to information released by the RAC Foundation.

Robot pothole fillers being developed

02/11/2015

The University of Leeds is leading a £4.2m national infrastructure research project with the vision of creating self-repairing cities.

Pothole problem covers 12,000 miles, report reveals

19/11/2015

Almost 12,000 miles of roads are blighted by potholes, according to a report carried out by LV=Road Rescue.

New process to fix potholes in Hertfordshire

01/12/2015

A new approach to the way potholes are repaired is set to be rolled out across Hertfordshire.

Councils spending more on road repairs, IAM research finds

14/01/2016

A number of county councils across England are making pothole repairs and road maintenance a top priority, according to research carried out by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Increase in vehicles damaged by potholes

22/01/2016

The RAC has reported a 24% year-on-year increase in the number of call-outs to vehicles that have suffered damage due to potholed roads and poor surfaces.

£10.5m investment in Wirral’s roads

29/02/2016

Wirral Council is investing £10.5 million in improving the borough’s highway and transport network.

Pothole taskforce setup in Edinburgh

07/03/2016

The City of Edinburgh Council has setup a dedicated squad to tackle the city’s potholes.

Two out of five drivers suffer pothole damage

10/03/2016

A survey carried out by the AA has revealed that almost two out of every five drivers had their vehicles damaged by potholes over the past two years.

Dragon unleashed on Oxfordshire’s potholes

30/03/2016

Oxfordshire County Council has deployed a new weapon in its battle against potholes – a ‘Dragon’.

Instarmac trumpets its pothole fixing solution at Intertraffic

05/04/2016

The cement and bitumen-based product manufacturer Instarmac says its pothole repair solution is the answer to the maintenance problems facing Britain's roads.

DfT reveals details of £50m pothole funding allocation

07/04/2016

The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out how £50 million of funding will be spent on repairing almost one million potholes across the country over the next year.

£10m of road surfacing work to take place in Suffolk

18/05/2016

Suffolk County Council will spend an additional £10 million on road surface dressing before September.

KCC in £4m pothole blitz

24/05/2016

Kent County Council (KCC) will spend £4 million on fixing potholes.

Gloucestershire CC spending extra £1m on road repairs

02/06/2016

Gloucestershire County Council will spend an additional £1 million on road repairs.

Hertfordshire’s pothole approach saves £730,000

21/07/2016

Hertfordshire County Council’s new inspection approach to tackling potholes has helped the local authority save £730,000.

RAC analysis shows quality of local roads has deteriorated

30/07/2016

Statistical analysis of the RAC’s pothole-related call-outs over the last 10 years shows that the quality of Britain’s roads has deteriorated substantially over time.

RSTA wants national standard for repairing potholes

01/08/2016

The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has called on local authorities to agree on a national standard when it comes to repairing potholes.  

Survey shows widespread dissatisfaction with state of roads

31/08/2016

A new survey carried out by technology company Yotta has revealed widespread public dissatisfaction with the UK road network.

Study shows pothole compensation claim made every 17 minutes

13/10/2016

A study carried out by the RAC Foundation shows that drivers made at least 31,483 claims against councils for vehicle damage caused by poor road conditions in the last financial year.

Number of potholes decreased by half in Essex

18/10/2016

Significant investment in Essex’s roads has led to a reduction in the number of potholes by almost half.

Research "reveals Britain's worst roads"

19/12/2016

An independent investigation using Freedom of Information requests says it can reveal the worst roads in Britain to drive on.

Third National Pothole Day to take place

04/01/2017

The UK’s third National Pothole Day will take place on 16 January 2017 with the public invited to highlight repair issues near them.

£100m to be spent on improving Manchester’s roads

05/01/2017

Manchester City Council will spend £100 million on improving the city’s roads over the next five years.

LGA warns 2017 could be ‘tipping point’ year for potholes

09/01/2017

Local authorities have warned that 2017 could represent a tipping point for potholes with new analysis showing the repair bill could reach £14 billion within two years. 

Councils find out their share of £1.2bn local roads funding

13/01/2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has allocated £1.2 billion of local roads funding to councils across England.

RSTA calls for action on National Pothole Day

16/01/2017

The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has put out a call for action to address the state of the UK's deteriorating local road network.

Velocity helps get Buckinghamshire’s roads ready for winter

23/01/2017

Road repairs specialist Velocity has helped repair thousands of potholes and defects in Buckinghamshire over a six-week period.  

Infrared technology could be used to fix potholes

25/01/2017

Infrared heating technology developed by researchers at Brunel University London could be used to repair roads and help authorities save millions.

AA ‘piles pressure’ on Grayling over potholes

04/05/2018

Nine out of 10 drivers believe roads are worse now compared to 10 years, ago according to a study by the AA.

BSI tackles potholes with new asphalt standard

06/07/2018

Business standards company BSI has revised its guidance on asphalt, with changes to help prevent the low temperature cracking of road surfaces that causes potholes.

Durham sees huge decrease in pothole compensation claims

09/08/2018

Durham County Council has seen a dramatic fall in the number of claims it receives for pothole damage, from a peak five years ago when it had nearly 500 claims.

Council faces legal action over pothole death

10/08/2018

Warwickshire County Council is facing possible legal action after delays in repairing a pothole led to the death of a cyclist.

Whitehall not doing ‘nearly enough’ to tackle pothole epidemic

30/08/2018

The Government is not doing ‘nearly enough’ to improve the state of the roads in the UK, according to road users.

Potholes are top safety risk for bikes, experts say

21/11/2018

Potholes and poor carriageway surfacing have topped a list of risks to cyclists and motorcyclists compiled by road safety experts.

Could the pothole crisis be on the mend?

28/01/2019

It may not be time to celebrate exactly, but there are signs the number of road defects are being reduced. But is this short-term gain, putting long-term improvements at risk?

Pothole compensation 'costs councils nearly £3m a year'

13/02/2019

Councils paid £2.8m to drivers for damage caused by potholes in 2017/18, according to new figures.

Cyclist pothole costs 25 times higher than driver claims

04/03/2019

Pothole compensation claims cost councils 25 times more per cyclist than for motorists, according to new research.

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