Number of potholes going down

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A COMBINATION of mild weather and new materials has led to a dramatic decrease in the cost of pothole repairs in Wigan.

Since last April, Wigan Council has repaired a total of 1,023 potholes at a cost of £48,081.

From October 1, 2011 when the winter set in, just 363 potholes were repaired, costing the authority £17,031.

During the last financial year of 2010 to 2011, 1,979 potholes were repaired costing £72,550.

During the coldest part of the year between January 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, Wigan Council carried out 1,207 pothole or emergency patch repairs to the road network with more than 60 per cent of these caused by bad weather.

Last year’s winter was one of the worst on record for ice and snow.

In the financial year of 2009 to 2010, £79,041 was spent repairing 2,578 potholes.

More than half of the repairs - a total of 1,457 - were carried out between September 1, 2009 and April 1, 2010.

Council bosses say that although the last couple of years has seen two periods of freezing temperatures, last year’s drop in the number of potholes can also be attributed to the use of new materials to repair them and increased inspections by the council.

These materials allow for a permanent first time repair and are more durable and last longer, so removing the need to revisit past repairs.

Mark Tilley, head of highways, said: “There is a continuing decline in the number of potholes on our roads each year, despite the impact of two years of severe icy weather.

“We have worked hard to make safe, lasting repairs and the initiatives we have introduced to make repairs last longer means we can keep the highway network safer for all its users.”

Forecasters predict that another 300 pothole repairs will be carried out by the end of this financial year if current weather conditions remain.

People can report damage directly to the council online or by calling 01942 404364.