John Stapleton re-lives his job as a road worker, John worked with his local council in the early 1960s when he was 16 years old fixing roads in the Saddleworth area of Greater Manchester, he used to earn around £3 a week.
At that time, John admits that he was more tea boy but he was known to wield a pick axe and push a wheel barrow around. This time John went back to Oldham Council Highways team to mend a couple of the 15,000 potholes they have to repair each year.
The team repairs roads and pavements and replaces road markings and signage across Oldham's 500 miles of carriageway, as well as gritting the boroughs roads during winter.
(This also makes monitoring them all hard, so they rely on people to do their bit and let us know about potholes).
Some fun road facts...
Last year they fixed more than 15,000 potholes and repaired more than 27,000 square metres of highway
Oldham Council has invested £10 million over the last four years to fix potholes and improve the road system. Last year they invested another £2 million - including buying new machines that are making repairs quicker and less expensive than ever before.- e.g. the Jet Patcher and the Multihog
Their new jet patcher cuts the costs of repairing potholes from £18 to £8 - providing real value for money
Using this equipment the team can fix up to 150 square metres of road a day compared to less than 30 square metres when repaired by hand
The Council fill 3,276 square metres of potholes every month
The highways managers have served over 107 years of service between them. That equates to 39 080 days of service to the borough!
Each team that venture out every day focusing on potholes fixes, on average, 20 potholes a day depending on their size.
The team fill 756 square metres of potholes every week
The team fill 39,312 square metres of potholes every year
The team respond to 130+ rapid response incidents every month
The team use 14 tonnes of tarmac a day filling potholes
95% of highways team members are from Oldham
There used to be 140 people working in the Highways team in the 90s, now there are just 33 doing the same job
Around a 37,000 gullies are cleared each year
Oldham is one of the highest places in England - the M62 junction at Saddleworth is the highest in the country and two-thirds of our Borough are rural roads. They suffer from potholes badly - following severe winter weather - as a result of this