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Pothole Busters hit Hampshire roads

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

'Pothole Buster' signs are appearing in Hampshire and 80 'gangs' of workers - 60% more than usual - are tackling emergency repairs across more than 5,000 miles of road in the aftermath of the heaviest winter rainfall for 250 years.

Extra equipment such as jetpatcher machines are being deployed to make effective and speedy repairs to potholes on rural roads.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, met with workers this week to see progress in action, and he explained that all 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. 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."

The longer term capital costs of remedial work to damaged highways, at more than 300 locations and flood and coastal defence works, to avoid future flooding in badly affected areas, is estimated to be about £63million.

Ahead of next week's Cabinet meeting, where a report on the impact of the flooding in Hampshire will be considered, Council Leader Roy Perry said the Council would continue its representations to Government for more money. He said: "Getting £11.5million is a really helpful first- step from Government and we'll be bidding for more resources, bearing in mind we estimate that another £25million, 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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