Roads full of potholes to be fixed

Howden Drive, Hawkley Hall, with pot holes awaiting motorists
Howden Drive, Hawkley Hall, with pot holes awaiting motorists

WORK is already beginning on fixing scores of potholes caused by the icy weather.

The heavy freeze and then rapid thaw has lifted surfaces all over the borough and left many highways pock-marked with deep holes and ruts.

But council roads repair chief Mark Tilley said today that a schedule for rapid repairs of the most serious was already being drawn up.

He was responding after a Wigan Euro MP contacted the town hall himself over the condition of our arterial routes across the Metro.

United Kingdom Independence Party’s Paul Nuttall has written to Wigan Council asking for reassurance that dangerous road surface damage caused by the icy weather will be swiftly repaired.

Head of highways Mr Tilley said that it was still too early to give a figure for the number of pot holes that has sprung up since the heavy snows and ice.

He said: “We have a rigorous systems in place to undertake highway safety inspections and carry out repairs thereafter.

“In the main repairs are carried within the week but the more hazardous ones are attended within the same day.

“It’s a bit early to give figures at this stage as we are currently assessing the damage to our roads following the recent severe weather but would welcome the public to report any defects on the highway, including potholes.”

Members of the public are asked to report either by telephoning 01942 404364, or via email to eshelpline@wigan.gov.uk or online at www.wigan.gov.uk.”

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) claims that Coalition Government cash cuts to council budgets will mean a worsening in the condition of ropad surfaces and motorists suffering extra wear and tear to their cars.

In England, main or ‘A’ roads tend to be dual carriageways and are maintained by the Highways Agency, said the IAM.

But many main or ‘A’ roads throughout Wales are single carriageway and so maintenance is the responsibility of cash strapped local councils like the Metro.

A spokesman said: “If a road is poorly maintained, then it is not waterproof and when water gets into cracks and freezes it expands, causing even bigger cracks.”

After the cold snap that gripped the UK throughout December the effect of snow and ice on the roads is obvious for motorists to “see and feel”.

He said preventative road maintenance is needed to properly address the problem, rather than short-term quick fixes.

The IAM is advising drivers to be aware of driving through what look like puddles in the wet weather in case they turn out to be masking pot holes three or four inches deep.

Driving through potholes commonly has the effect of throwing out the vehicles’ wheel tracking or steering alignment.

Following last winter’s cold snap scores of roads across the borough had to be repaired because of huge potholes. Some had to be repaired several times before they were back to normal.