DfT reveals its strategy to repair Britain's broken highways over the next five years with £250 million Pothole Action Fund

The UK’s Department for Transport has laid out its plan to fix Britain’s crumbling roads and explained how it wants to streamline highway maintenance policy.

A document produced by the DfT, Highways Agency and Highways England minister Andrew Jones has stressed the need for the recent allocation of £180 million towards repairing roads damaged by Storm Katie and explains how the additional £250m Pothole Action Fund - first announced in last month's budget - will be split up in a bid to fix Britain’s broken roads.

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Figures suggest that the UK road network is currently plagued by more than one million potholes. The DfT wants to set about fixing these by using a fifth of the fund over the next 12 months, before repairing a further three million potholes by 2021. It costs, on average, £53 to repair each pothole.

Local highway authorities will also be able to apply for a percentage of a £578m road budget that’ll be split up across the UK over the next five years to help with road maintenance and repairs.

The most efficient authorities will be allocated the most money, with Durham and Lincolnshire the UK’s top performers in the most recent assessments. The DfT hopes this 'reward system' will motivate other authorities to boost the productivity of their highway repairs.

The total amount of money allocated to running, repairing and improving the UK’s highways between now and 2021 totals £6.1bn, which is close to £400m more than the amount made available in the last Parliament.

A list of the cars most often damaged by potholes was released by Warranty Direct earlier this week. It revealed that six of the top 10 vehicles most commonely damaged by road imperfections in Britain were SUVs.

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8 April 2016
Anyone know why the UK has so many potholes compared to places like Germany? It is a matter of construction / maintenance? Surely it can't be that hard?

8 April 2016
The local council roads yard was shut years ago and put up for sale.

8 April 2016

I may be wrong on this, but I've been told it's to do with our higher levels of rainfall. Apparently, it causes the water table to rise and fall more than on the continent, which causes the earth to move more.

8 April 2016
Our winters have a lot more freezing and thawing than in other European countries, and it is this which creates the problems - water gets into gaps then freezes and thaws, freezes and thaws...
And just filling in existing potholes just creates new weak spots around the edge of the repairs which will in turn go through the same process!

8 April 2016
The figure of how many they repair is academic if they allow more.to be created. The problem is the wholesale destruction and sh*t repairs done by contractors. The rain goes into the crap repairs and destroys the road. The only solution is to relay the whole road. Just dropping some tar into it doeseems not work.

They are all incompetent idiots, anyone would think it was a racket .... how many shares do MP's have in the contractors who destroy the roads and outsourced road repair contractors who 'fix' them?

8 April 2016
I don't think repairing potholes is the answer, as the contractors who do it often do a shoddy job and they need repairing again within a year (personal experience from the roads that I use on a daily basis).

The only way of sorting the problem, properly, is to resurface the roads using the correct tarmac for the job, although that will cost more in the short term, it will cost them less in the long term (although lets face it, all governments / councils only look in the short term when it will benefit them).



It's all about the twisties........

8 April 2016
All this money does is pay for fixing the holes that have appeared in the fixes performed past year. Next year's money will pay for the holes that are being filled back in right now.

It's the Radio Rentals of roads maintainence, pay for everything multiple times over until it's finally resurfaced properly. At which point it gets dug up to install some new gas pipes....!

9 April 2016
What the government and local authorities need to do is make sure that the utility companies repair the roads properly when they dig them up. Most of the time roads are just patched up thus water gets in and when it freezes expands, melts and then crumbles and when it rains gets washed away. If the utility companies were made to do full repairs rather than just fill and patch up then this would not cost the local councils, highways and government the extra in pot hole repairs only just general wear and tear of the roads. If the Utilities then don't do a proper repair then the local authority should then be able to fine them and then carry out a full repair at the cost to the Utility Co.


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