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Potholes and poorly maintained roads are always making headlines, which just goes to prove what a major source of heartache they are for the nation's motorists. Below you'll find links to just some of the many news stories on the topic of potholes that appear every week.

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Date: 21/08/2016, Source: Harlow Star

Planned roadworks in the East of England


M1 Milton Keynes: technology works

We are repairing technology loops, which are used to measure traffic volumes, on the M1 between junctions 13 (A421 – Brogborough) and 14 (A509 – Milton Keynes). We will be working between 10pm and 6am, from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 August, with lanes closed as follows:

From Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 August, one lane of the M1 will be running southbound on the M1 between junctions 14 and 13.

On Wednesday 24 August the junction 14 southbound entry slip road will be closed, with drivers diverted to head northbound to junction 15 (A45 – Northampton), exit and return south.

On Thursday 25 August, one lane of the M1 will be running northbound on the M1 between junctions 13 and 14. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 21/08/2016, Source: Evening News

Better roads, cheaper fuel drive European popularity

European road trips are becoming increasingly popular among British motorists, with better maintained roads and lower fuel prices contributing to this popularity, a study has revealed.

The RAC surveyed 1,164 people, with 17% saying they drove to the continent purely because of the higher-quality roads.

Of those interviewed, 80% said there were fewer potholes in Europe than there were in Britain, while an additional 74% also said congestion wasn’t as bad as it is back home.

Cheaper European fuel prices also appeal to British motorists, with 65% of survey participants claiming that a litre of fuel was cheaper on the continent than in the UK, while 30% felt there was little difference.
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Date: 19/08/2016, Source: Guide and Gazette

Station car park repairs on the way

Repairs are to be carried out on the surface of the car park at Carnoustie Rail Station after local MSP Graeme Dey raised concerns over its condition with Network Rail.

The car park, which lies adjacent to the northbound platform, has been badly potholed for some considerable time, causing concern to commuters. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 19/08/2016, Source: Fleet News

Decade of under-investment on UK roads takes its toll

Concern is mounting at the state of the UK road network after yet another report called for urgent action to address the issue.

Research from Audit Scotland shows that spending on motorways and key trunk routes maintained by Transport Scotland fell by 4% between 2011/12 and 2014/15. The proportion in acceptable condition also fell from 90% to 87% over the same period.

Transport Scotland also spent £24 million less on structural maintenance in 2014/15 than it considered necessary to maintain road conditions at current levels.

Councils maintain most of Scotland’s road network. The proportion of these roads classed as being in acceptable condition has remained constant at around 63% over the four years 2011/12 to 2014/15. Council spending on maintenance fell by 14% over the same period. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 19/08/2016, Source: Darlington & Stockton Times

Winning the war against Potholes

HIGHWAY bosses say a change of strategy on repairing rural roads across North Yorkshire is helping to combat the nightmare of potholes for motorists.

Up to £44m is being invested in a major campaign to improve the state of rural roads over the next five years. With ongoing maintenance since 2014 the county council's highways have reported improvements in up to 12 per cent of country roads.

North Yorkshire has one of the longest road networks in England, with over 9,000 kilometres of carriageway, including more than 4,800 kilometres classed as category four lesser used roads.
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Date: 19/08/2016, Source: Batley News

Over 6,000 potholes repaired in Kirklees

Kirklees Council have been busy repairing over 6,000 potholes in the region over the past 12 weeks.

The repairs have been undertaken as part of the council’s pothole test, which uses different methods of repairing the roads.

The aim of the testing is to find solutions that are long-lasting and offer value for money.

The council are also looking at pothole repair methods that can make the process quicker and are suitable for roads and highways in both the rural and urban areas across Kirklees. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 17/08/2016, Source: Bucks Free Press

POTHOLES - see the worst affected areas near you

Crater-size potholes? Missing road signs? Crumbling pavements? Whatever the problems on our county’s roads, fed up motorists and pedestrians are making sure they don’t go unnoticed.

Hundreds of people have logged problems in and around south Bucks using the Fix My Street app, which gives residents an easy way to flag up hazards to the council.

Thwre are dozens of faults logged in High Wycombe alone, with hotspots around Totteridge Road and Handy Cross.

Problems include this junction in Marlow, with a blank sign on approach where a roundabout sign should be. Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 17/08/2016, Source: Welwyn Hatfield

Potholes in Welwyn Garden City to be filled in

Ongoing roadwork in Welwyn Garden City includes resurfacing and filling in large potholes.

Roadworks in Knightsfield began on Monday, August 8, and are expected to continue until the end of this week.

Kevin Carrol, Ringway divisional manager, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “These works are focussed on repairing the existing speed humps and the worst areas of the road surface, including large potholes, following a number of reports from local residents.

“The road markings in these areas are also being renewed as part of these works.” Read this News (opens in new window)

Date: 16/08/2016, Source: South Wales Evening Post

More than 100 potholes in Swansea fixed after new 48-hour repair pledge

MORE than 100 potholes on Swansea's roads have been repaired since highways chiefs made an ambitious repair pledge.

Workers from Swansea Council's new Pothole Repair Team have been hard at work filling in potholes in Blackpill, Llansamlet, Pontarddulais, Waun Wen, Bonymaen and Cockett this week.
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Date: 16/08/2016, Source: Oxford Mail

Cyclists don yellow jerseys for 'Tour de Potholes' in Oxford

IT HAD its own yellow jerseys – but this was no Tour de France.

Instead, cyclists decided to highlight the crumbling state of Oxford's roads with a 'Tour de Potholes' on Sunday.

Organised by Cutteslowe mum-of-two Allie Noel and campaign group Cyclox, it saw members scouring the streets to report the worst holes in the road using smartphone app FixMyStreet.

They hoped to spur Oxfordshire County Council – the highways authority – into a pothole-fixing blitz in the city.

Mrs Noel, 58, said: "We are really pleased the message about FixMyStreet seems to be getting out there and hope to have a conversation with the county council about our findings soon. Read this News (opens in new window)

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