Government accelerates pothole mapping project

The government has launched an audit to identify pothole hotspots.

An audit into the mapping of potholes in England has been launched by transport secretary Grant Shapps. This will work to identify ‘pothole hot-spots’ so that roads are in top condition as people return to work and school.

Combining collated data on current potholes held by nationwide businesses, and the most up-to-date bank of roads imagery in the country from Gaist, the Department will be able to paint the most comprehensive picture ever of where funding is most needed to make sure roads are not plagued by potholes. The plan will help cyclists and motorists get back to school and work.

The Government has already committed £2.5bn in funding for pothole repairs in the biggest nationwide programme ever announced. The launch of the review comes as new data reveals that highway maintenance works undertaken in the past months when roads were quieter during lockdown has led to 319 miles of resurfacing.

Grant Shapps said: “I want our roads to be as safe as possible, so during the lockdown we’ve resurfaced hundreds of miles of road. But now I want to go further by identifying critical potholes and ensuring these are fixed as quickly as possible.

“We’re teaming up with delivery companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5bn to pothole repair fund.

“Better road surfaces benefit motorists and cyclists alike ensuring the back to school and work environment is safer for everyone.”

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