Wiltshire pothole repairs stepped up during dry weather

Wiltshire Times: Coun Nina Phillips next to a pothole in Bristol Road, Chippenham Coun Nina Phillips next to a pothole in Bristol Road, Chippenham

Pothole repairs are being stepped up during the dry weather, says Wiltshire Council.

Roads were badly damaged by the unprecedented level of rainfall received in the wettest winter for generations.

This year, Wiltshire Council has dealt with more than 1,250 flooding-related incidents across the county with 40 per cent more potholes being reported in the first two months of 2014 compared to 2013. 

Wiltshire Council was informed of more than 2,600 road defects by either the public or council staff during that period compared to around 1,900 last year.

The council announced earlier this year it was investing an extra £250,000 to help combat potholes.

The money is in addition to the £52 million increase in road spending announced in November last year that will see 150 miles of the county’s roads resurfaced every year until 2020.

The most urgent repairs are being carried out by 22 community stewards using specialist road repair material, which can be used even where potholes are still full of water.

This means that teams from the council’s highways maintenance contractor, Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP), can target damage that can be repaired quickly without the need to close roads.

There are also four, two-man gangs dealing with the less urgent repairs and a gang working on the larger areas.

A large programme of major resurfacing is underway and will continue for the next six years as Wiltshire Council says it will bring the road network up to standard.

Information on potholes that need filling comes from members of the public, via the MyWiltshire app, social media, email and phone calls to the council on 0300 456 0105, as well as internally from the council’s area teams around the county.

John Thomson, cabinet member for highways, said: “The prolonged period of heavy rain and flooding has clearly damaged our road network.

"We are doing everything we can to keep that damage to a minimum by repairing the roads before they freeze as this can make the damage much worse.

“Our priority is to deal with those where there is a clear safety issue to road users.

"However, the best way to reduce potholes and other damage to our roads is through long-term investment and that is why we, as a council, are spending that additional £52 million over the next six years to ensure Wiltshire’s roads are not just maintained but improved.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has contacted the council to report road defects - by working together we can ensure our roads are as safe as possible."

Anyone wanting to report information on potholes can do so via the MyWiltshire app (available on iPhone or Android), at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshirelogin or by calling 0300 456 0105.

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12:26pm Tue 11 Mar 14

D@ve says...

If the crew just drove along the main A and B roads they would notice the hundreds of holes that need to be filled. It shouldn't take members of the public to report them.

If i had to report the number of holes on my short 6 mile journey from work to home, it would take me 3 hours to get home!!

Just issue plans your crews to proactively drive A and B roads and fill the holes as they go. You can issue a plan like gritters have.
If the crew just drove along the main A and B roads they would notice the hundreds of holes that need to be filled. It shouldn't take members of the public to report them. If i had to report the number of holes on my short 6 mile journey from work to home, it would take me 3 hours to get home!! Just issue plans your crews to proactively drive A and B roads and fill the holes as they go. You can issue a plan like gritters have. D@ve
  • Score: 9

2:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Cyril Clunge says...

The potholes in the pic have been filled numerous times over several years, they never stay filled for longer than 2-3 days. I have personally reported them twice in last 2 weeks, and as of yesterday had not been attended to.
The potholes in the pic have been filled numerous times over several years, they never stay filled for longer than 2-3 days. I have personally reported them twice in last 2 weeks, and as of yesterday had not been attended to. Cyril Clunge
  • Score: 4

4:29pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Cyril Clunge says...

Just drove past them, and still not repaired.
Just drove past them, and still not repaired. Cyril Clunge
  • Score: 2

4:46pm Tue 11 Mar 14

dontchopsuey says...

The council should take a trip along Seymour Road. It is dreadful. It looks as though someone went up there with a wheelbarrow full of tarmac, chucked a couple of shovel fulls into the holes and slapped it with the shovel!! And even that God-awful 'repair' job has made things worse! You go twice as far when travelling along there, as you have to swerve to avoid all of the potholes. Why repair Studley Greens roads when they were nowhere near as bad as Seymour? It makes me wonder who makes the decisions for the repairs. Seymour Road is the worst road in Trowbridge, regarding pot holes and cut up tarmac, and it looks awful with the makeshift repairs.
The council should take a trip along Seymour Road. It is dreadful. It looks as though someone went up there with a wheelbarrow full of tarmac, chucked a couple of shovel fulls into the holes and slapped it with the shovel!! And even that God-awful 'repair' job has made things worse! You go twice as far when travelling along there, as you have to swerve to avoid all of the potholes. Why repair Studley Greens roads when they were nowhere near as bad as Seymour? It makes me wonder who makes the decisions for the repairs. Seymour Road is the worst road in Trowbridge, regarding pot holes and cut up tarmac, and it looks awful with the makeshift repairs. dontchopsuey
  • Score: 1

6:35pm Tue 11 Mar 14

WR950 says...

Disband the repair gangs immediately and divert them to proper resurfacing. Close the roads if you have to but just for once, let's do the job properly, first time around.
Disband the repair gangs immediately and divert them to proper resurfacing. Close the roads if you have to but just for once, let's do the job properly, first time around. WR950
  • Score: 10

9:12pm Tue 11 Mar 14

beetawix says...

dontchopsuey wrote:
The council should take a trip along Seymour Road. It is dreadful. It looks as though someone went up there with a wheelbarrow full of tarmac, chucked a couple of shovel fulls into the holes and slapped it with the shovel!! And even that God-awful 'repair' job has made things worse! You go twice as far when travelling along there, as you have to swerve to avoid all of the potholes. Why repair Studley Greens roads when they were nowhere near as bad as Seymour? It makes me wonder who makes the decisions for the repairs. Seymour Road is the worst road in Trowbridge, regarding pot holes and cut up tarmac, and it looks awful with the makeshift repairs.
have you reported it to the council? If it is not fit for purpose then feedback from several hundred residents. should get it fixed.
Sadly the council believe that the slapdash method is the way to go.
[quote][p][bold]dontchopsuey[/bold] wrote: The council should take a trip along Seymour Road. It is dreadful. It looks as though someone went up there with a wheelbarrow full of tarmac, chucked a couple of shovel fulls into the holes and slapped it with the shovel!! And even that God-awful 'repair' job has made things worse! You go twice as far when travelling along there, as you have to swerve to avoid all of the potholes. Why repair Studley Greens roads when they were nowhere near as bad as Seymour? It makes me wonder who makes the decisions for the repairs. Seymour Road is the worst road in Trowbridge, regarding pot holes and cut up tarmac, and it looks awful with the makeshift repairs.[/p][/quote]have you reported it to the council? If it is not fit for purpose then feedback from several hundred residents. should get it fixed. Sadly the council believe that the slapdash method is the way to go. beetawix
  • Score: 0

7:05am Wed 12 Mar 14

Highways68 says...

dontchopsuey wrote:
The council should take a trip along Seymour Road. It is dreadful. It looks as though someone went up there with a wheelbarrow full of tarmac, chucked a couple of shovel fulls into the holes and slapped it with the shovel!! And even that God-awful 'repair' job has made things worse! You go twice as far when travelling along there, as you have to swerve to avoid all of the potholes. Why repair Studley Greens roads when they were nowhere near as bad as Seymour? It makes me wonder who makes the decisions for the repairs. Seymour Road is the worst road in Trowbridge, regarding pot holes and cut up tarmac, and it looks awful with the makeshift repairs.
Why not report it, then you would find out that it is programmed to be fully resurfaced within the next couple of months. Then you can complain about the road be closed to do the work!!!!
[quote][p][bold]dontchopsuey[/bold] wrote: The council should take a trip along Seymour Road. It is dreadful. It looks as though someone went up there with a wheelbarrow full of tarmac, chucked a couple of shovel fulls into the holes and slapped it with the shovel!! And even that God-awful 'repair' job has made things worse! You go twice as far when travelling along there, as you have to swerve to avoid all of the potholes. Why repair Studley Greens roads when they were nowhere near as bad as Seymour? It makes me wonder who makes the decisions for the repairs. Seymour Road is the worst road in Trowbridge, regarding pot holes and cut up tarmac, and it looks awful with the makeshift repairs.[/p][/quote]Why not report it, then you would find out that it is programmed to be fully resurfaced within the next couple of months. Then you can complain about the road be closed to do the work!!!! Highways68
  • Score: -1

2:04pm Mon 17 Mar 14

artiprod says...

The blaming of potholes on this year wet winter is not the full story. If the correct policy of resurfacing the roads as needed had been maintaind and not cut due to cost, then the costs in the long run would be less. As to resurface a road the basic condition of the road needs to be good and roads just worn or those with tramlines can be corrected . But the policy now of bunging in some compound as potholes appear is as we know is doomed to not succeed as the holes reappear often worse in weeks.

Also potholed damaged roads after years of not resurfacing cannot now be resurfaced without a full strip and remake of the surface , far more costly than just maintaining a regular resurfacing schedule . Does anyone else play the game of pothole avoidance on the A350, the stretch from stony gutter to the. Semington roundabout . It is strange to watch drivers weaving from left to right trying to avoid the next suspension wreaking chasm.
The blaming of potholes on this year wet winter is not the full story. If the correct policy of resurfacing the roads as needed had been maintaind and not cut due to cost, then the costs in the long run would be less. As to resurface a road the basic condition of the road needs to be good and roads just worn or those with tramlines can be corrected . But the policy now of bunging in some compound as potholes appear is as we know is doomed to not succeed as the holes reappear often worse in weeks. Also potholed damaged roads after years of not resurfacing cannot now be resurfaced without a full strip and remake of the surface , far more costly than just maintaining a regular resurfacing schedule . Does anyone else play the game of pothole avoidance on the A350, the stretch from stony gutter to the. Semington roundabout . It is strange to watch drivers weaving from left to right trying to avoid the next suspension wreaking chasm. artiprod
  • Score: 0

4:33pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Tannerman says...

Yes that stretch of the A350 is very bad, and now that bikers are back on the road its not going to be long before we get a serious accident due to someone swerving to avoid a hole. Last year I was thrown from my motorbike after hitting a pot hole oputside Tilshead on a fast corner, fortunately I ended up in a plowed field with just a brused foot. I say to all reading this , the MPs are coming around to get your vote get them to fill in your holes !
Yes that stretch of the A350 is very bad, and now that bikers are back on the road its not going to be long before we get a serious accident due to someone swerving to avoid a hole. Last year I was thrown from my motorbike after hitting a pot hole oputside Tilshead on a fast corner, fortunately I ended up in a plowed field with just a brused foot. I say to all reading this , the MPs are coming around to get your vote get them to fill in your holes ! Tannerman
  • Score: 1

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