Preventative plan wins potholes battle

Winning the war on potholes
Winning the war on potholes

TOWN hall engineers are winning the battle against potholes, latest figures show.

The council spoke out to show its success against the main bane for motorists after and insurance giant used Freedom of Information requests to establish that score of borough drivers have successfully sued the local authority for suspension damage compensation.

Council bosses confirmed 88 claims from angry motorists between 2012 and 2014.

Assistant director of infrastructure at the council Mark Tilley said that it worked “extremely hard” to make sure all roads in the borough were in an “excellent condition” and remained safe and smooth for motorists and other road users. This year, the council had committed £1m on repairing roads across the borough.

Between April 2013 and October 2013 the council’s Asset Management Group carried out 5,089 minor or reactive repairs to the borough’s carriageway network.

By comparison, over the same period this year (April 2014 and October 2014) it completed 3,727.

And this demonstrated a significant fall in the number of defects identified on the carriageway network.

In real terms this relates to around 25 per cent less than the previous year.

He said: “Our preventative approach to repairing minor roads defects before they turn into potholes has led to a reduction in their number, which is excellent news for the borough’s motorists.

“There are several factors that have helped achieve this reduction.

“The Leader of the Council took the pro-active decision to invest an additional £500,000 in carriageway resurfacing schemes.

“Additionally, Wigan Council’s Asset Management Group was successful in bidding for around £560,000 from the Department for Transport to address the issues of potholes occurring on the nations roads following the wet winter.”

Through its planned approach, the council has targeted investment at a number of key locations on the principle that ‘prevention is better than cure’.

This has meant a high number of pot holes removed or prevented from developing in the near future, resulting in 88 per cent of all pot holes permanently repaired.