Thousands of potholes repaired across Cambridgeshire with 50 per cent more reported since January than in the whole of last year
More than 15,000 potholes have been repaired across the county since the start of this year with hundreds reported to council bosses a week, it has been revealed.
Since January 1, ‘a record number’ of 8,477 potholes have been reported to Cambridgeshire County Council – a 50 per cent increase from what were reported in the whole of last year.
This means that during the same period the council has already fixed a massive 15,040 potholes across the county.
Around 1,300 potholes are currently being filled every week - more than the council has ever done before.
It comes as £6.3m was granted to repair the holes that blight the highways - made worse since the Beast from the East.
Cllr Bill Hunt, vice chairman of the highways committee, declared that the fight would continue in the battle against the holes.
He said: “As a County Council we are really trying very hard to get ‘on top’ of this serious situation.
“We are receiving somewhere in the region of 250 reported potholes per week and repairing about 250 per day. We will get there!”
Officials say that around 261 new reports were made by the public in the week to April 27.
Dozens of residents are now using the council’s online reporting tool, which allows them to track the process of the repairs.
Depending on the size and location and any safety risk, potholes can be dealt with between five days or 12 weeks after they are reported.
There are eleven highways crews on the ground with patching equipment.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s chairman of the highways and community infrastructure committee, Cllr Mathew Shuter, said, “It has been a challenging time for our crews, especially with the severe weather conditions.
“We hope the weather is now going to improve and the teams are working flat out to deal with the number of potholes that have been reported to us.
“Our aim is always to keep our roads safe and we will look at every pothole that is reported to us and deal with it as quickly as possible.
“I would like to thank the people of Cambridgeshire for their patience and ask them to continue using our online reporting tool.”
Visit https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ to report a pothole.