Prevention and a better cure: the English Government's pothole review

Roads are the Country’s single largest public asset with up to £5 billion spent on their maintenance annually. Three successive severe winters (2008/09 – 2010/11) have had a devastating impact on the condition of the English local road network. After each of these winters there has been a vast increase in the number of potholes and wider road surface defects caused by the winter freeze/thaw conditions. The scale of the problem has resulted in widespread public discontent and media criticism. The concern and criticism has not just been about the danger and damage caused by potholes but the inability of Local Highway Authorities to repair these defects satisfactorily. Damaged roads also have a detrimental impact on the economy causing disruption and delays to road transport. Recognising the increasing concerns about the “pothole problem” and that handing out additional public money for potholes every spring after successive severe winters was not sustainable and might not be the best approach. The English Government in 2012 announced an initiative to develop best practice in dealing with potholes. The review identified and built on existing best practice both in the UK and internationally.


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  • Pagination: 5p
  • Monograph Title: Public works: explore new territory: IPWEA International Public Works Conference, Darwin, NT, 11-15 August 2013

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  • Accession Number: 01495605
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2013 10:08AM