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Funds for potholes 'just a fraction' of the money needed

Motoring groups say emergency funding released by the government to tackle the south's pothole crisis is just a fraction of the money needed.

A pothole repair fund of £140 million is to be shared by councils across England.

But there are claims that the sum needed to repair our flood-damaged roads is £10 billion.

If that is right, the vast majority of the region's potholes are unlikely to be repaired for at least a year.

Potholes have appeared on our roads in the south, mainly due to the recent floods Credit: ITV Meridian


County Council's drone captures extent of flood damage from the air

The county council say it has so far:

· Taken more than 3,500 highways calls, with fire crews receiving another 2,000

· Responded to around 315 instances of flooding affecting roads

· Carried out over 70 safety inspections to bridges and embankments

· Cleared 850 fallen trees

· Dealt with nearly 350 other incidents

· Supported vulnerable people through regular contact and home visits.

Council says bill could rise to £10 million to repair weather damage

Surrey County Council say torrential rain, strong winds and burst riverbanks over recent weeks mean engineers have been working 'around the clock' to clear hundreds of flooded roads and fallen trees, and the county council’s fire and rescue service responded to thousands of calls.

Experts assessing damage to roads and river banks across the county say the original bill estimated at £5 million could rise above £10 million.

More flooding is possible, with the Environment Agency asking the county council today to remove repair scaffolding from the bridge over the Wey at the bottom of Guildford High Street in anticipation of further predicted rainfall.


Potholes in Kent to be fixed when water drains away

Highway crews in Kent are getting ready to fix the increased number of potholes in the county, due to the severe weather and flooding over Christmas and New Year.

Over the holiday period, the Highways Management Centre dealt with over 1,500 calls about fallen trees.

Damage will be repaired on a priority basis but work can only begin when the water has drained away.

Many highways staff cancelled or postponed holidays over Christmas as roads across the county were closed by flooding or safety concerns over fallen trees.

David Brazier, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment said, "We are aware that many people suffered as a result of the severe weather. Our roads and infrastructure received a battering too.

"The extreme wet weather will cause potholes and we have geared up to tackle this."

£1.5m pothole scheme

East Sussex County Council are investing more than £1.5m to reseal potholes across the county.

County Council contractors will apply layer of bitumen to the road before putting down stone chippings.

The chippings will be swept from the roads 24 hours after work is carried out and again after three and seven days.

Advanced warning signs will be put in place two weeks before work begins and residents will be notified.

Carrying out this work will not only improve the safety of these roads, but will also extend the life of the surface by up to 10 years.

With East Sussex County Council having spent around £40 million on road maintenance over the past three years, it is important we demonstrate value for money for our Council Tax payers and ensure any work we carry out lasts for as long as possible."

– Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Transport and Environment

£1.5m pothole prevention scheme

Dangerous potholes in East Sussex are set to be repaired Credit: PA Wire

East Sussex County Council is investing £1.5m to pothole-proof 30 roads across the county.

Work to repair the road of potholes will begin at the end of the month to seal roads following the bad winter weather.

As well as improving safety by giving vehicles more grip it will also protect the road surface from water damage.

The surface work will cause little disruption to motorists as the speed limit will be 20mph and the road can be used almost immediately after work is carried out.

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