Motorists look set to endure more pothole pain on Norfolk’s roads after the county council vowed to continue carrying out temporary repairs despite being advised to fill the holes permanently.

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Engineering consultancy WSP has warned councils across England and Wales the traditional approach of carrying out emergency repairs immediately with permanent repairs scheduled later cost 20 times more than carrying out permanent repairs straight away.

However, Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said the council would continue to carry out temporary repairs and said dangerous holes reported to the council would be repaired within 36 hours.

He added: “In an ideal world, we would do that (permanent repairs), but our current policy is to carry out emergency repairs and pit them on a programme of permanent repairs.”

The council has a £1.3m budget to deal with potholes, which is part of an overall £7.2m pot for all highway maintenance work including filling in potholes, patching and edge repairs to the carriageway.

The problem has been caused by a succession of wet summers and harsh winters, including the snow that hit the UK in January, which have led to water seeping under the road surface and freezing or expanding so the top surface starts to split when vehicles roll over.

Nationally, councils spend £90m annually repairing £1.7m potholes and have also spent £50m compensating drivers for damage to cars caused by the holes, mainly to the axle and suspension.

Motorists also spend £2.8bn a year to repair damage caused by the potholes.

Brian Ives, from WSP, said: “The bottom line is that prevention is the best cure when it comes to potholes. “Maintenance budgets are tight but keeping carriageway surfaces sealed against water ingress will minimise the incidence of weather related potholes therefore reducing spending on reactive works as well as the reducing the hidden costs associated with damaged roads.”

To report potholes, visit online.norfolk.gov.uk/highways or phone 0344 8008020.

6 comments

  • Its freezing outside, we have below zero temperatures, not ideal at all, and these potty potholes are being used as positive news, 'look, we're doing something'. The backlog for major repairs is growing, showing how exponentially unsustainable, not conducive with building more of the same, this policy has become. Forget about the NDR to nowhere, or a mass of houses without planning a new hospital and schools to the east of Norwich, once the next election is over Norfolk will take a new course, hopefully without those with split loyalties and others wearing two or three hats.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Over £100 million for a road which could be called a new north city ring road except it doesn't join up,a small proportion of which could resurface much of the existing road network in the county.A report from the AA maintains the current policy of patching-up works out 20 times more expensive in the long-term than a systematic resurfacing programme,especially when the cost of insurance claims are taken into account.False economy doesn't begin to describe it and it will be road users who will suffer for it.Cyclists and motor cyclists are particularly at risk as a result.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Unfortunately they've been doing this for years. If you suffer damages they just say "we inspect the roads" and wriggle out of a claim. One hole in North Walsham was filled 5 times last year before they got it right - and WE are the ones paying time and again whilst they fill their pension funds. This situation is not acceptable, and proper repairs should be made first time - much cheaper, quicker and better than several shoddy 'repairs'

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    Martin Scott

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • What an odd story. Plant ignores the common sense approach. Why? Wants to keep throwing our money at MG or whoever? Or not enough money left for proper repairs, because (1) cost of compensating drivers of damaged vehicles, and (2) siphoning funds into headline-generating initiatives in the run up to May election?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Do the repairs properly, it pays in the end.

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    John Bridge

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • If it is temporary it is not permanent. Woe betide the car that goes over it just when it needs mending again. Sue the Council if you car gets damaged or you are injured by their shoddy approach to their statutory duties. And this geezer Plant wants to be leader. Will he take this sort of approach to the whole of the Council. You betcha!

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    Electra

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

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