Pothole busters get to work

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A TEAM of pothole busters are on the prowl in towns across Hampshire to tackle the pothole plague causing misery to motorists.

Gangs of council workers, dubbed the “pothole busters” have been drafted in to carry out emergency repairs across more than 5,000 miles of roads in the county.

Armed with specialist machinery, some 80 teams of workers – 60 per cent more than normal – are fixing damage caused to the roads after the heaviest rainfall in Hampshire in 250 years.

“Pothole buster” signs are appearing on rural roads across the county as the work gets under way.

The move comes after Hampshire County Council was handed £11.5m from the Government to carry out repairs after weeks of rain and flooding earlier this year.

Council bosses say that money will help – but the long-term cost will be higher and could even reach £63m.

As well as the roads, more than 300 locations across the county are thought to need repairs, while money is also needed for flood and coastal defence work.

Seán Woodward, the council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, said that repair work is being carefully prioritised.

“We are re-prioritising all repairs to the worst affected roads so that we tackle the most serious defects first,” he said.

“These extra gangs, extra equipment and additional signing have been put in place and work has begun, with efforts concentrated on emergency defects and safety work.”

Council leader Roy Perry said the council would continue its representations to Government for more money.

He said: “Getting £11.5m is a really helpful first step from Government and we’ll be bidding for more resources, bearing in mind we estimate that another £25m, or more, is needed to fix damaged roads alone.

“We are committed to continuing to fund an enhanced maintenance programme to improve the resilience of our 5,000 miles of roads, which, together with resources we are planning to spend in the recent budget, is testimony to the importance we attach to investing in Hampshire.”

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8:26pm Mon 21 Apr 14

gotanybiscuits? says...

Does Wiltshire have a team as well?
Does Wiltshire have a team as well? gotanybiscuits?
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6:23am Tue 22 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

gotanybiscuits? wrote:
Does Wiltshire have a team as well?
Not for much longer though if they continue to treat their workforce like this...

"The firm in charge of fixing potholes in Wiltshire has “ripped up employees’ rights and thrown them in the bin,” it is claimed."
[quote][p][bold]gotanybiscuits?[/bold] wrote: Does Wiltshire have a team as well?[/p][/quote]Not for much longer though if they continue to treat their workforce like this... "The firm in charge of fixing potholes in Wiltshire has “ripped up employees’ rights and thrown them in the bin,” it is claimed." karlmarx
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9:33am Tue 22 Apr 14

Frogham Ferret says...

Potholes in our road "repaired" last week, washed out on Sunday's rain.
Why not use waterproof asphalt?
Potholes in our road "repaired" last week, washed out on Sunday's rain. Why not use waterproof asphalt? Frogham Ferret
  • Score: 1

2:28pm Tue 22 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

Frogham Ferret wrote:
Potholes in our road "repaired" last week, washed out on Sunday's rain.
Why not use waterproof asphalt?
£+++++
[quote][p][bold]Frogham Ferret[/bold] wrote: Potholes in our road "repaired" last week, washed out on Sunday's rain. Why not use waterproof asphalt?[/p][/quote]£+++++ karlmarx
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3:58pm Tue 22 Apr 14

hillyanne says...

I'm turning into a "Grumpy Old Woman! "When I saw the team patching up in Butts Road today,instead of thinking"Oh goodie" I thought"I wonder how long it'll take to all wash out."I blame all this putting out to tender(I think!)
I'm turning into a "Grumpy Old Woman! "When I saw the team patching up in Butts Road today,instead of thinking"Oh goodie" I thought"I wonder how long it'll take to all wash out."I blame all this putting out to tender(I think!) hillyanne
  • Score: 1

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