Councils filling potholes 'every 19 seconds'
31/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,140
The number of repairs has increased to 1.7 million in England and Wales in the past year, a survey says.
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31/03/2021 13:45:03 5 0
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Not around here.
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31/03/2021 14:06:01 8 0
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Four thousand in Blackburn, Lancashire.
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31/03/2021 13:45:20 80 1
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Cov council puts soft tar in them out of a bucket and this last approximately 10 minutes before the hole appears again !
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31/03/2021 14:00:34 24 1
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It was an ex-kamikaze pilot who designed Coventry's inner ring road slip roads. What do you expect?
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31/03/2021 15:46:48 0 0
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Yes, I can confirm this trick. Council contractor with a bucket of tarmac, a trowel, a clipboard and a pen. Trowel full of tarmac into the pot hole. Then he stamps it in with his boot before marking it off on his clipboard. Council charged with the repair. This was not in Coventry though, it was in one of Britain's Historic Cities further north.
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31/03/2021 13:45:38 202 2
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Quite what they are filling in them in with though is an entirely different story.
Round our way, it seems to be a mixture of playdo and rice crispsies.
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31/03/2021 13:50:19 114 2
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Think they use water round here, our local potholes are approaching teenage years
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xlr
31/03/2021 13:59:43 8 1
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I'm not defending them in any way, but in my experience most materials tend to end up responding like rice crispies in playdo when driven over by a 23 tonne bus.
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OB
31/03/2021 14:17:00 20 0
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They should use dried Weetabix. Everyone knows its impossible to break up once dried to the inside of a cereal bowl.
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31/03/2021 14:11:07 4 0
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"playdo and rice crispsies" sounds like a new flavour of Kellogg's Squares!
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31/03/2021 15:01:10 3 1
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It’s because they do it in the cold weather , my friend who does it says that the council just tell them to fill the holes, regardless of guidelines,
887
31/03/2021 17:29:43 2 0
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Aren't these fake news stories wonderful, and apparently people lap them up, or are we being played by the Tory Bots?

Seems they are still desperately trying to influence public opinion with fake news.

The state of disrepair the roads got into was as a direct result of Tory austerity cuts!
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31/03/2021 13:46:02 436 8
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And 10 seconds later the paper mâché they filled them with is dislodged again...
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31/03/2021 13:54:35 339 9
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Yep, instead of dealing with the problem to stop a re-occurrence they end up filling the pothole a dozen times or resurfacing roads in the cheapest ways possible. Short sighted policies for short sighted councillors.
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31/03/2021 14:07:48 36 0
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Paper mâché ? - I think they're using muesli in my area.
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31/03/2021 14:09:38 2 68
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So every time there is a pit hole they should resurface the whole road? That's just not financially viable.

We do seem to have a obsession with perfect roads, and too much concern for our precious cars.

Always makes me laugh when a lane with a couple of houses down expect a perfect road. Like 10 cars a day justifies the cost...
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31/03/2021 15:09:50 5 0
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That's why they have to do them every 19 seconds.
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31/03/2021 16:17:49 2 0
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Exactly. Not to forget that most councils have now abandoned their in-house works departments and outsource these tasks to extortionately expensive contractors who relish the prospect of repeatedly repairing the same pothole.
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31/03/2021 18:19:23 1 0
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When central Government cut Council stipend year on year then places a cap on Council Tax what can you expect.
Prior to the Pandemic I needed to travel out of Wales in to England on several occasions.
I thought our roads were bad, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Gloucestershire's road surfaces were almost Medieval in comparison.
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31/03/2021 13:46:40 31 2
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Somebody needs to come up with an invention to prevent pot holes.

They absolutely trash cars suspension and wheels.
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31/03/2021 13:52:10 12 49
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I think they are called eyes - all drivers should have at least one that works reasonably well...
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31/03/2021 13:54:47 2 11
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Only way to stop it is to reduce road use from vehicles. You going to be first to give up your car keys?
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31/03/2021 13:59:02 10 7
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The damage done by heavy electric vehicles laden with batteries is going to be fun in years to come.
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31/03/2021 16:28:14 1 2
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Bicycles for local journeys?
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31/03/2021 17:19:33 2 0
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smaller / lighter cars and fewer lorries would help - ban SUVs
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31/03/2021 13:47:10 1 0
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What with, sand?
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31/03/2021 13:47:11 7 3
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Could’ve fooled me. There are loads in the South Manchester/Cheshire area where I am and I’ve often been further up north where it’s even worse.

I suspect the ones doing it are mainly Tory councils while others are deprived of funding. All about keeping up appearances with local elections on the horizon
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31/03/2021 13:49:41 10 0
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I live in a Tory heartland shire area and the roads are shocking
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31/03/2021 13:52:47 1 0
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Unfortunately not. I live in a Tory stronghold and roads are disgusting. Just a matter of time before a motorcyclist / cyclist is killed.
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31/03/2021 13:47:41 51 1
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In many cases it is just a waste of time and money as the holes simply re-appear because the filling was as best short-term. Only proper resurfacing wil cure the huge number of road surface defects. But highway authorities say they do not have the money.
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31/03/2021 13:57:42 48 1
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It always amazes me how the cable companies or the water authorities seem to dig up fairly new roads to update their infrastructure once they realize they are there. Many of these repairs are done very poorly.
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31/03/2021 13:48:07 53 3
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Roads in this country are a complete joke
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31/03/2021 15:10:19 9 0
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Repair Hammersmith Bridge and the elevated section of the A40; they are a national disgrace/joke.
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31/03/2021 13:48:12 7 1
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Melton council covering Bottesford don't even bother...bet the councillors roads are fine...
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31/03/2021 13:48:22 70 1
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There has been an explosion of potholes round my way.

A really quick win would be for companies that dig up the roads for essential works be forced to actually relay the road properly. I have lost count of the number of times the council are forced to redo their shoddy work.
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31/03/2021 13:55:34 84 2
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Don't pay the contractor for 6 months until the pothole has stood up to "normal" wear and tear. Any degradation until then is paid for by the contractor to ensure the job gets done properly in the first place. Once a contractor has proved their worth then start to pay them earlier.
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31/03/2021 15:03:10 0 0
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You are so right
01/04/2021 09:37:50 0 0
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Look at the legal obligation on whoever digs up the road - they must only to a crummy patch. This was decided as part of privatisation.

The duty to keep the roads is on the council, which is underfunded by central government. As everyone knows but some disinformation trolls keep saying isn't true. Liars gotta lie, after all. The truth is a dirty secret.
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31/03/2021 13:48:30 9 1
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Great!, something we can discuss, County Highway Authorities are the last bastions of unaccountable local Government and this needs to change. There are more potholes than ever, but they are getting more money. Clearly something is not working / or contractors are profiteering.
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MrC
31/03/2021 13:48:35 16 2
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I need to get a job as a pothole fixer as you clearly get paid whether you actually bother filling any in or not. Then there's the traffic light hire for a week either side of fictional repair......
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31/03/2021 15:18:14 6 0
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You really need to get into the traffic cone hire business, that's where the real money is
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31/03/2021 13:48:36 20 4
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In Scotland its simply a matter of time before we start seeing deaths the conditions are simply abhorrent, I wrote to my local SNP politician and all I got back was they are putting £10M more funding into fixing the roads in this financial year, this was not the question I asked, as many have said the standard by which any repairs are made are more often more dangerous than the pot hole.
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31/03/2021 14:10:49 1 12
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You should inform them of the industry-leading pothole repair techniques that you're obviously such an expert in.
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xlr
31/03/2021 15:05:53 1 0
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Yet it's better here than down south.

The more traffic a road gets the worse the potholes. It's just that simple no matter who is in charge of the road.
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31/03/2021 13:48:42 75 3
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The burning question is... have they sorted the 4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire yet?
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31/03/2021 13:51:39 31 5
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Nope
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31/03/2021 13:59:12 18 1
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No, but now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
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31/03/2021 14:09:52 2 0
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I would think some of them are close to drawing a pension by now.
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31/03/2021 15:08:10 1 5
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Probably not, definately not if it's got a labour council
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31/03/2021 15:37:55 1 0
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No but the police are looking into them
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31/03/2021 13:48:58 4 1
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Caithness roads are a nightmare, there's going to be a lot of damaged sports cars/motorhomes on the NC500 this year. Highland council have a surplus of £44M, but don't think roads repairs are worth spending it on.
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31/03/2021 13:52:34 4 2
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That's aprt of Nicky's Independence slush fund. Good luck seeing that get spent on what is is supposed to be for.
The roads in the South East are an absolute disgrace.

Road users pay £44 billion in direct taxation yet only £11 billion is spend (and most of that goes on deadly 'smart' motorways.

All very well encouraging 10 million to come here since 2003 but with zero new infrastructure it was always going to be a shambles.

Fix em at night too not during rush hour!
Removed
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31/03/2021 13:52:38 9 46
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Unfortunately, The taxpaying population subsidise the vehicle owners
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31/03/2021 15:24:15 3 1
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To be fair, non-road users also contribute to the £11 billion. Much of the £44 billion is Vehicle Excise Duty based on the amount of pollution from the vehicle. There is no direct correlation.
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31/03/2021 13:49:02 155 8
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I always think you can tell the state of a nation by the upkeep of its roads. And certainly in the area I live in, they’ve been gradually deteriorating for at least six years or longer.

Roads that need resurfacing are temporarily patched up, only for holes to re-emerge the following winter, along with new ones. Try riding a bike; it’s treacherous.

Paints a picture of a nation in decline, sadly.
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31/03/2021 13:50:27 33 103
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Must be Brexit.
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xlr
31/03/2021 14:06:44 7 4
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Does it really though? The best roads you'll find in the UK are in the highlands. Endless tracts of pristine road surface. Compare that to Glasgow where the motorway looks like the RAF use it for target practice.

It's all about increasing traffic, not decreasing investment.
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31/03/2021 14:17:00 9 0
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I used to enjoy cycling but won't be taking it up again until our government/councils get a grip on keeping our roads in a good, pothole-free state of repair.

(So this is a long-winded way of saying I don't expect to be taking up cycling again)
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31/03/2021 15:45:29 2 2
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Yes Tommy apparently 3rd world country is no longer used, they are called Developing Nations. So what are we, while we head in exactly the opposite direction? I taught a Nigerian A level student recently, using YouTube in the lesson with the college's really bad wifi. He said " British wifi is terrible. And the roads are much better in my country". I hope they are kinder to us than we were to them
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31/03/2021 15:56:36 4 2
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Just note which party has been in power for most of the last 50 years
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31/03/2021 16:10:12 1 3
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"Paints a picture of a nation in decline, sadly."
You were champing at the bit to comment on this, so no need for the crocodile tears about "sadly". However If it wasn't potholes you lot would find something more worrying to fulminate about, so we should be happy that they outrage you so much. Simple distraction
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31/03/2021 16:59:10 2 0
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decades of neglect, Tory and Labour.
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31/03/2021 17:36:07 5 1
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Blame 10 years of Tory austerity cuts, when instead of using QE for UK PLC they were busy transferring £ billions to boost the assets of the very rich.
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31/03/2021 18:12:15 1 0
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It's third-world standard around here. Holes and craters everywhere.
To be honest I've driven on better farm tracks than the state of some of the roads around here.
31/03/2021 20:11:09 0 0
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This has been going on for 40 years - milk the motorist, spend the bare minimum on roads.
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31/03/2021 13:49:07 15 5
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Not in Enfield they’re not. They’re building cycle lanes over them that nobody uses.
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31/03/2021 13:51:24 5 4
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Ever watched "Field of Dreams"?
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31/03/2021 13:52:39 3 1
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Same here in Hull! Reducing 2 lane roads to 1 lane so that one lane is dedicated to buses and cycles in an already heavily congested city with a poor traffic network means that traffic is worse than ever now! No sign of potholes being repaired though
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31/03/2021 13:56:19 2 3
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It's because they get back handers for building cycle lanes, but not for filling potholes
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31/03/2021 14:17:23 0 1
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Hurrah.
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31/03/2021 13:49:14 226 9
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I couldn't understand why this wasn't a major initiative during the first lockdown last year when the roads were empty, so frustrating that councils didn't take advantage and repair the roads then with crews socially distanced instead of putting them on furlough and continuing to collect council tax.
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31/03/2021 13:57:45 115 6
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Me too & suspect we're not alone
That was an absolutely great opportunity to really get on top of road maintenance.
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31/03/2021 14:11:38 30 3
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Local councils...taking the initiative?
How dare you suggest such a thing!

Still, 4.99% council tax rise for less services around here so well done the gold plated public sector.
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31/03/2021 14:14:09 12 14
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Maybe because central government has consistently cut funding to councils and the coffers for these councils are running on empty? Councils have requested the 10 billion required to bring our roads to a decent standard, the government are giving 2.5 billion over 5 years. Central government needs the extra billions to pass onto their cronies for substandard work on national contracts.
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31/03/2021 14:18:30 8 6
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Except mandatory council services, refuse, social care etc... and yes highway crews did not furlough. They were out and about trying to keep all you moaners safe!...
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31/03/2021 15:00:42 4 4
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that wouldve been the intelligent thing to do!! Sadly councils lack intelligence!!
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31/03/2021 15:04:23 10 5
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The mistake that you're making here is thinking that a council, any council can not only think proactivley but can actually think at all
The used contents of a cat litter tray are of more use than your local council
My local council couldn't decide if it was today in time before today became yesterday
As for tomorrow, you can forget about that
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31/03/2021 15:24:41 4 5
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Come on surely you don't expect a local council to act sensibly
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31/03/2021 15:47:58 2 0
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because the mad dash to spend money only starts in january and the frenzy is suddenly over mid march, councils only spend when they have to protect the following years budget,
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31/03/2021 15:48:32 2 0
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Well said! With the great weather too, the perfect opportunity to have completely finish it quickly.
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31/03/2021 15:54:44 2 0
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I think you will find that lack of proper government funding is the cause
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31/03/2021 17:24:26 0 1
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Councils have been starved of cash since 2010. The Tory Government kept local business rates to themselves, and froze Council Tax from 2010-11 to 20017/18. Two Tory councils went bankrupt and others are set to follow.

They have been repairing roads since the Government gave them ringfenced money to do the repairs, prior to that they hadn't got any money!
31/03/2021 19:04:56 0 0
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Well all I can say is that my council did a large amount of work in Wales, and to be fair most of the work is still in place and safer to drive on.
01/04/2021 07:41:41 0 0
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Easy, because the Council then has the excuse it needs to increase Council taxes!
01/04/2021 07:47:41 0 0
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One vehicle per worker then ;)
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31/03/2021 13:49:14 12 4
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Not sure Hull City Council got this memo. Our roads are a disgrace. They're more interested in putting cycle lanes everywhere even when they're not needed
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31/03/2021 13:50:59 4 21
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Maybe you should cycle rather than drive if the potholes are so bothersome to you?
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31/03/2021 13:49:34 14 3
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The jobsworths round here will only repair (poorly) the ones with a dab of orange paint stuck on them.

There could be one the size of the Grand Canyon right next to the painted one which they'll simply ignore.

Order is orders.
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31/03/2021 13:47:11 7 3
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Could’ve fooled me. There are loads in the South Manchester/Cheshire area where I am and I’ve often been further up north where it’s even worse.

I suspect the ones doing it are mainly Tory councils while others are deprived of funding. All about keeping up appearances with local elections on the horizon
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31/03/2021 13:49:41 10 0
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I live in a Tory heartland shire area and the roads are shocking
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31/03/2021 13:49:43 9 6
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There's a massive pothole outside 10 Downing Street into which all journalistic integrity seems to have fallen and can't climb back out. Maybe they can fill it in with a £100,000 grant?
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31/03/2021 13:56:09 3 0
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I thought that they had just spent £2.6M creating a "media centre" to tell the public what they think.

Not sure if this was spent to be the "official government message", or the "lets have another Tory publicity campaign"
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31/03/2021 13:50:06 329 5
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Instead of filling dozens of holes on a road in with what might as well be blu-tac, how about completely resurfacing a few more & without it taking 6 months.

Also can govt please stop spending money on dangerous 'smart' motorways that NOBODY wants (& is done at a snail's pace so they can get more fines from people doing 54mph at midnight while no work is going on) and more on resurfacing roads
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31/03/2021 13:51:46 152 2
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Spot on. Filling in the same recurring pothole every year causes the similar disruption and cost that doing a decent stretch of road would achieve.
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31/03/2021 14:21:26 15 1
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They put in a ‘smart’ motorway on the M4 around Newport - now it’s permanently 50mph - it’s a joke - and I say this as someone who’s house is about 500m from a motorway junction, so don’t throw air pollution at me as the cars are there for longer to drive passed - therefore expelling more pollution!
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31/03/2021 15:08:22 0 0
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Repair Hammersmith Bridge and the elevated section of the A40; they are a national disgrace/joke.
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31/03/2021 15:43:33 1 3
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Tory Councils filling pot holes immediately prior to elections?

Who'd have thought it.
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31/03/2021 16:48:17 3 0
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Hear hear.

Smart motorways are the worst invention since the chocolate teapot, and even that had a good taste about it.

They are death traps and a really horrible experience to drive on. Treating everyone like criminals by default.

We are humans not robots, we need a hard shoulder and the freedom to be able to ramp up 80mph sometimes to overtake where necessary to do so.
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31/03/2021 17:22:28 1 1
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Councils have been starved of cash since 2010. The Tory Government kept local business rates to themselves, and froze Council Tax from 2010-11 to 20017/18. Two Tory councils went bankrupt and others are set to follow.

Councils' use the recommended materials and, as the story says, have been repairing very quickly since being given the money to do so.

Agree with the final paragraph.
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31/03/2021 18:45:57 2 2
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M1 through South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire has been spot on for me, means I get to work in 40 mins rather than 1 1/2. Never felt intimidated once. I'll take that all day long!
01/04/2021 07:40:05 0 0
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Totally agree about 'smart' motorways, they are a danger when you have 44ton artics travelling at 56mph on cruise control and the driver on his tablet!!
When a car splutters to death on the motorway its no good telling the driver there is a pull in 1 mile ahead!
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31/03/2021 13:50:15 52 1
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They do such a bad job of filling them, that they last less than 19 seconds.
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31/03/2021 13:45:38 202 2
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Quite what they are filling in them in with though is an entirely different story.
Round our way, it seems to be a mixture of playdo and rice crispsies.
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31/03/2021 13:50:19 114 2
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Think they use water round here, our local potholes are approaching teenage years
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31/03/2021 13:50:22 8 0
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I haven't noticed round my way, sometimes I'm not sure if it's a pot hole, a flat tire or my entire rear axle just snapped off, Holywood could save some serious money using our roads to film moon scenes
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31/03/2021 13:50:25 102 8
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Properly fixing road surfaces means less money being spent on vehicle repairs, so more money spent in other parts of the economy, while encouraging more cycling through fixing roads helps make the population healthier, reducing burdens on the health service. Therefore this is an area that must be given more time, money and effort than is being given now.
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31/03/2021 13:53:29 26 7
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You're so right on BWhit.
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31/03/2021 14:10:59 1 14
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Drivel...
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31/03/2021 14:23:22 6 0
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Agreed - plus will minimise the claims against the council for damage to vehicles due to potholes - all very shortsighted
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31/03/2021 14:13:05 5 1
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Ah, well, there's your problem, council's don't do that level of sensible.
31/03/2021 21:21:25 0 0
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A stitch in time saves nine.
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31/03/2021 13:49:02 155 8
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I always think you can tell the state of a nation by the upkeep of its roads. And certainly in the area I live in, they’ve been gradually deteriorating for at least six years or longer.

Roads that need resurfacing are temporarily patched up, only for holes to re-emerge the following winter, along with new ones. Try riding a bike; it’s treacherous.

Paints a picture of a nation in decline, sadly.
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31/03/2021 13:50:27 33 103
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Must be Brexit.
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31/03/2021 13:53:23 25 2
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Theres always one, isn't there?...
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31/03/2021 14:07:24 8 21
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Must be a remainer.
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31/03/2021 15:11:16 4 6
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No in Scotland it’s the SNP....
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31/03/2021 15:19:51 7 6
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Close, tories
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31/03/2021 15:38:08 1 6
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Without doubt, amongst many other things
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31/03/2021 17:26:21 1 6
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the rot started under tony blair when the labour govermen said the more you spend on roads the more trafic you get and slashed the buget im afraid the should have tried to limit population growth instead they activly encouraged it
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31/03/2021 18:22:22 1 0
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Brexit's going to make it better! LOL
No massive European haulage bringing goods in to the Country as it declines further.
31/03/2021 20:09:50 0 0
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The most boring comment of the day.
31/03/2021 23:48:42 0 0
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Now that you said it....
01/04/2021 07:45:22 0 0
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WHAT?? We haven't been out of the EU for 6 yrs. Not a single year yet. The reason our roads are so bad is BECAUSE we were in the EU and all the money went to sustain their gravy train every single year!!
01/04/2021 07:49:13 0 0
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That paints its own picture of a nation in decline.
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31/03/2021 13:49:14 12 4
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Not sure Hull City Council got this memo. Our roads are a disgrace. They're more interested in putting cycle lanes everywhere even when they're not needed
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31/03/2021 13:50:59 4 21
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Maybe you should cycle rather than drive if the potholes are so bothersome to you?
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31/03/2021 13:55:15 3 3
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I pay my road tax, I expect a certain level of maintenance. Your answer is nonsense
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31/03/2021 13:49:07 15 5
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Not in Enfield they’re not. They’re building cycle lanes over them that nobody uses.
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31/03/2021 13:51:24 5 4
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Ever watched "Field of Dreams"?
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31/03/2021 13:51:29 1 0
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Shropshire Council are absolutely useless.... Never seen the roads so bad...
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31/03/2021 13:56:08 0 0
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Same in Sh(T)ameside,totally inept,too many highly paid useless employees.
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31/03/2021 13:51:31 41 1
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I'm speaking from the bottom of a pothole at the end of my road, my road. Sorry about the echo, echo. It's quite deep, deep.
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31/03/2021 13:56:46 18 0
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What net work are you using ?must be good one . I lost my transit in the one in my village
It took 8 tractors to get it out

????????????
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31/03/2021 13:48:42 75 3
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The burning question is... have they sorted the 4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire yet?
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31/03/2021 13:51:39 31 5
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Nope
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31/03/2021 13:56:44 7 1
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Woosh!
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31/03/2021 13:50:06 329 5
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Instead of filling dozens of holes on a road in with what might as well be blu-tac, how about completely resurfacing a few more & without it taking 6 months.

Also can govt please stop spending money on dangerous 'smart' motorways that NOBODY wants (& is done at a snail's pace so they can get more fines from people doing 54mph at midnight while no work is going on) and more on resurfacing roads
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31/03/2021 13:51:46 152 2
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Spot on. Filling in the same recurring pothole every year causes the similar disruption and cost that doing a decent stretch of road would achieve.
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31/03/2021 15:45:05 9 1
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Agreed. Recently, a nearby road was closed for a whole day ‘to fix pot holes’. We walked past during the day. 6 men were basically having a bit of a chat. Another walking with a wheelbarrow of said paper mache. Walked by the next day. Could we see much difference? Have a guess. So there is money. Pay for 6 or 7 men for a day isn’t cheap. It’s just that it’s wasted
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31/03/2021 13:51:51 33 1
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Not around here they're not.

Mars called. It wants it's craters back!
5
31/03/2021 13:46:40 31 2
bbc
Somebody needs to come up with an invention to prevent pot holes.

They absolutely trash cars suspension and wheels.
38
31/03/2021 13:52:10 12 49
bbc
I think they are called eyes - all drivers should have at least one that works reasonably well...
183
31/03/2021 14:16:15 12 2
bbc
And if you're a cyclist..riding to save the environment...in the dark?
254
31/03/2021 14:35:00 10 0
bbc
In the dark? Last pothole I hit (that wrote off a tyre) was on the inside of a sharp bend - lights picked it up too late to avoid. Went back next morning to get a photo so I could claim off the council - it had been (very badly) fixed at about 6am that morning (a Sunday as well - desperate council!). Someone from a house next to it came out to say there had been a spate of cars hitting it all week
257
31/03/2021 14:35:21 10 0
bbc
I have two that work very well, but how am I supposed to cope swerving all over the carriageway to avoid these holes? There are other vehicles using the road as well, you know! In one neighbouring town the holes have been there so long that I know exactly where they are, though, and I can avoid them. Been there ten years to my certain knowledge, and on an A-road, too.
621
31/03/2021 15:46:54 8 0
bbc
Er, right.

So drivers should be closely studying the surface of the road ahead of them in such detail that they fail to see the pedestrian stepping off the kerb or the inevitable cyclist at night with no lights, dressed from head to foot in black.

Somehow, I don't think the excuse "I was looking for potholes" would cut much ice in the eyes of the law when one of the above winds up dead.
39
31/03/2021 13:52:18 2 0
bbc
Shame that the council's never manage to fill the holes in where your council tax payments go.
16
31/03/2021 13:48:58 4 1
bbc
Caithness roads are a nightmare, there's going to be a lot of damaged sports cars/motorhomes on the NC500 this year. Highland council have a surplus of £44M, but don't think roads repairs are worth spending it on.
40
31/03/2021 13:52:34 4 2
bbc
That's aprt of Nicky's Independence slush fund. Good luck seeing that get spent on what is is supposed to be for.
41
31/03/2021 13:52:34 8 0
bbc
A51 near the big logistics depot near Nantwich is utterly appalling for half a mile. Some of the potholes are ankle deep and have been there for 2 years. It's bad enough in a car let alone on a pushbike. It's been reported many times but to no avail despite the logistics site being expanded as well as a new industrial estate being built next door.
42
31/03/2021 13:52:38 9 0
bbc
Headline is "Councils filling potholes every 19 seconds". Hmm. Sounds absolutely marvellous but is it too naughty to ask how frequently new potholes are formed?
60
31/03/2021 13:55:13 6 0
bbc
That was my thought too.
Fill one every 19secs, a new created every 13-14-15? secs
Certainly seems like it
Despite what ever they're doing, the roads appear to be getting worse
Both major & minor highways
The roads in the South East are an absolute disgrace.

Road users pay £44 billion in direct taxation yet only £11 billion is spend (and most of that goes on deadly 'smart' motorways.

All very well encouraging 10 million to come here since 2003 but with zero new infrastructure it was always going to be a shambles.

Fix em at night too not during rush hour!
Removed
43
31/03/2021 13:52:38 9 46
bbc
Unfortunately, The taxpaying population subsidise the vehicle owners
64
31/03/2021 13:55:25 17 1
bbc
How do you figure? Do you mean the opposite (which is the case) or do you have some other definition of what a subsidy is?
67
31/03/2021 13:56:03 15 2
bbc
And, of course, -no- vehicle owners pay any tax at all, do they?
374
KWP
31/03/2021 14:59:43 15 0
bbc
All goods reach shops by road, public transport uses roads - doesn't matter if someone is a vehicle owner or not, they have an interest in our basic infrastructure being in good repair.
452
31/03/2021 15:11:07 7 1
bbc
Every single person in the country depends on a vehicle owner for every thing they own, or do you think that it's a magic carpet that delivers your Sainsbury's order?
771
31/03/2021 16:25:03 0 0
bbc
Where do you live, off the grid?
19
31/03/2021 13:49:07 15 5
bbc
Not in Enfield they’re not. They’re building cycle lanes over them that nobody uses.
44
31/03/2021 13:52:39 3 1
bbc
Same here in Hull! Reducing 2 lane roads to 1 lane so that one lane is dedicated to buses and cycles in an already heavily congested city with a poor traffic network means that traffic is worse than ever now! No sign of potholes being repaired though
7
31/03/2021 13:47:11 7 3
bbc
Could’ve fooled me. There are loads in the South Manchester/Cheshire area where I am and I’ve often been further up north where it’s even worse.

I suspect the ones doing it are mainly Tory councils while others are deprived of funding. All about keeping up appearances with local elections on the horizon
45
31/03/2021 13:52:47 1 0
bbc
Unfortunately not. I live in a Tory stronghold and roads are disgusting. Just a matter of time before a motorcyclist / cyclist is killed.
46
31/03/2021 13:52:47 2 5
bbc
These Roads were built in a time decades ago when it was not anticipated we would have the weight of traffic on them. Add to that harsh weather and its a perfect recipe for crumbling roads. Its time Road tax reflected this. Councils have had funding cut so its time to pass the burden onto those who use the roads.
66
31/03/2021 13:55:58 3 0
bbc
No such thing as road tax.
70
31/03/2021 13:56:11 1 0
bbc
There is plenty of duty raised through vehicle tax to pay for the roads, it just doesn't make its way into the councils pockets.
141
31/03/2021 14:07:38 0 0
bbc
Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a "Road Tax". Money levied on road users (" Vehicle Excise Duty") goes straight to H M Treasury who might be minded to spend a little bit of it on road maintenance.
47
31/03/2021 13:53:05 4 1
bbc
They wouldn’t need to do them at that rate if they did them properly in the first place! Complete joke. Any idiot can pour a bit of tarmac in a hole full of loose debris and watch it wash away at first frost and/or downpour! Waste of money!
48
31/03/2021 13:47:25 3 0
bbc
Not in Barking & Dagenham....Just biulding slums.
49
31/03/2021 13:47:36 41 2
bbc
Sorry but 1st of April is tomorrow. You run your joke story the wrong day.
50
31/03/2021 13:48:11 3 1
bbc
With all this working from home, I would of expected a reduction in potholes.
51
31/03/2021 13:53:16 4 0
bbc
Wish they'd spent a few minutes down our road
52
31/03/2021 13:53:21 20 1
bbc
If they are managing to fill a hole every 19 seconds, that shows how many we had to start with.
Just a question - has this anything to do with either the end of the financial year, or the local elections coming up in May?
93
31/03/2021 14:00:24 10 0
bbc
Both.
479
31/03/2021 15:16:23 1 0
bbc
Surely not, how could you accuse your local council of such a thing?
They exist purely for the benefit of local residents and have no reason the be seen to be doing something, anything just because local elections are due and they need to maintain their expense accounts and other benefits that we the tax payers subsidise

Sorry must have been dreaming there for a moment, far too many nightshifts
966
31/03/2021 18:28:25 0 0
bbc
Apparently there's '10,000 Holes in Blackburn, Lancashire'
I heard it on the radio.
30
31/03/2021 13:50:27 33 103
bbc
Must be Brexit.
53
31/03/2021 13:53:23 25 2
bbc
Theres always one, isn't there?...
239
31/03/2021 14:28:55 13 4
bbc
If only, there was only one!
29
31/03/2021 13:50:25 102 8
bbc
Properly fixing road surfaces means less money being spent on vehicle repairs, so more money spent in other parts of the economy, while encouraging more cycling through fixing roads helps make the population healthier, reducing burdens on the health service. Therefore this is an area that must be given more time, money and effort than is being given now.
54
31/03/2021 13:53:29 26 7
bbc
You're so right on BWhit.
55
31/03/2021 13:53:42 14 0
bbc
That's annual budgets for you. Instead of committing to a long-term repair programme, councils have to do temporary repairs on a routine basis because they have money to spend on an annual budget, and if you have any left over for the next year, you lose it to the big UK pot to be redistributed across all councils.

They should allow and not punish councils to saving for larger schemes.
4
31/03/2021 13:46:02 436 8
bbc
And 10 seconds later the paper mâché they filled them with is dislodged again...
56
31/03/2021 13:54:35 339 9
bbc
Yep, instead of dealing with the problem to stop a re-occurrence they end up filling the pothole a dozen times or resurfacing roads in the cheapest ways possible. Short sighted policies for short sighted councillors.
80
31/03/2021 13:58:03 42 6
bbc
Short sighted ways of funding from central government. Any shortfall in spending on the annual budget is stripped away, meaning local government can't save for a proper repair, but is incentivised to make the short term temporary one.
267
31/03/2021 14:37:37 16 12
bbc
But there is no money - council tax rises have been capped since the 1980s and government cuts have left no options - there are legal duties to provide money in certain areas e.g. children's services, social care etc. rightly or wrongly roads are way down the list
296
31/03/2021 14:44:35 13 1
bbc
Sort sighted policies for short sighted councillors? Short sighted councillors for short sighted voters! If people wanted 'good', they'd vote for it. All the evidence suggests that they don't, they want 'cheap', and lower council taxes (or smaller rises).
300
31/03/2021 14:45:43 13 3
bbc
You can only play the cards you're dealt. Savage cuts to council budgets enacted by the Party of the Rich governments limit the scope of structural road repairs.

You want better services and infrastructure - we all have to pay higher taxes, particularly the wealthy.
671
31/03/2021 15:58:31 1 3
bbc
Pay more council tax then so we can afford to do the job we would like to.
673
31/03/2021 15:59:15 0 1
bbc
Always the case. Priorities of NFDC is to repaint white lines than fill holes. But they can find the time and money to tear up and relay a car park and ponce around with changing the direction vehicles can travel down 1 way streets. Utter madness.
754
31/03/2021 16:19:26 6 0
bbc
....caused by underfunding of local government by central government !
787
31/03/2021 16:30:00 4 0
bbc
or by cash strapped councils forced to cut costs because of central government cuts . . .
866
31/03/2021 17:17:50 2 0
bbc
What a load of nonsense posted to appeal to the hard of thinking, or to the far-right bots that swamp HYS. Councils' use recommended materials for the job.

Councils have been starved of cash since 2010. The Tory Government kept local business rates to themselves, and froze Council Tax from 2010-11 to 20017/18. Two Tory councils went bankrupt and others are set to follow.
01/04/2021 07:47:00 0 0
bbc
Short-funded to.
5
31/03/2021 13:46:40 31 2
bbc
Somebody needs to come up with an invention to prevent pot holes.

They absolutely trash cars suspension and wheels.
57
31/03/2021 13:54:47 2 11
bbc
Only way to stop it is to reduce road use from vehicles. You going to be first to give up your car keys?
260
31/03/2021 14:36:26 8 0
bbc
No it isn't; if that were the case the entire surface would be breaking up. It is nasty, cheap, inferior work that causes the same pot-holes to keep re-appearing often only day7s after they have been "mended."
58
31/03/2021 13:54:55 13 2
bbc
You could have fooled me...maybe spending the money on complete road resurfacing should be made available because sticking a plaster on a broken bone comes to mind
59
31/03/2021 13:55:00 19 3
bbc
There's a big hole on a min road about 1/2 a mile from my house. Its been filled repeatedly over the last couple of years, but due to poor workmanship and materials the repairs seem to only last a couple of weeks. Councils are entirely culpable for the rise on potholes as they try to cut every corner concievable rather than doing a proper job which will last more than a fortnight.
104
31/03/2021 14:01:59 9 0
bbc
Indeed.

Using cold "tarmac" that is merely packed tightly into place is no good on modern roads invariably pounded by HGVs carrying loads of 26 tonnes or more.

They might as well be using muesli as the repair material.
742
31/03/2021 16:16:24 1 0
bbc
Hey don't blame the councils, they've got six-figure executive salaries and £1000-a-day management consultants to pay for.
42
31/03/2021 13:52:38 9 0
bbc
Headline is "Councils filling potholes every 19 seconds". Hmm. Sounds absolutely marvellous but is it too naughty to ask how frequently new potholes are formed?
60
31/03/2021 13:55:13 6 0
bbc
That was my thought too.
Fill one every 19secs, a new created every 13-14-15? secs
Certainly seems like it
Despite what ever they're doing, the roads appear to be getting worse
Both major & minor highways
276
31/03/2021 14:40:47 0 0
bbc
I regularly drive over several local roads where it is not possible to drive fast and where the only heavy vehicles are the bincarts. In the last few months the number of new potholes has been extraordinary. It's almost as if someone is going round digging up bits of road surface in the middle of the night. It cannot be "wear and tear" because there is hardly any! Must be poor initial construction
31
31/03/2021 13:50:59 4 21
bbc
Maybe you should cycle rather than drive if the potholes are so bothersome to you?
61
31/03/2021 13:55:15 3 3
bbc
I pay my road tax, I expect a certain level of maintenance. Your answer is nonsense
118
31/03/2021 14:03:35 5 0
bbc
You haven't paid Road Tax, for a very long time, and Vehicle Excise Duty goes to the Government, not the councils whose job it is to try and fix the potholes.
702
31/03/2021 16:05:21 1 0
bbc
Your answer is nonsense Brian.

Look up Road tax on Google.
62
DrT
31/03/2021 13:55:16 3 2
bbc
Think about it - a pothole is a ready made traffic calming device. No need to spend money on putting speed humps in or bus stops that hang out into half of one lane of a dual carriageway. The Council has no incentive to fill in the holes. They have an agenda to cut down on pollution from traffic, yet they do all in their power to cause traffic flow problems.
63
31/03/2021 13:55:17 71 1
bbc
Maybe they should take more time to fill them properly so they don't just keep coming back. Better value that way. Also co-ordinate between councils and utility companies
218
31/03/2021 14:24:54 37 1
bbc
In my experience, utilities (especially severn trent) are the source of most potholes in my area due to poor reinstatements that they do
906
31/03/2021 17:41:09 0 1
bbc
Councils' use recommended materials for the job, the problem has arisen because of cuts.

Councils have been starved of cash since 2010. The Tory Government kept local business rates to themselves, and froze Council Tax from 2010-11 to 20017/18. Two Tory councils went bankrupt and others are set to follow.
43
31/03/2021 13:52:38 9 46
bbc
Unfortunately, The taxpaying population subsidise the vehicle owners
64
31/03/2021 13:55:25 17 1
bbc
How do you figure? Do you mean the opposite (which is the case) or do you have some other definition of what a subsidy is?
11
31/03/2021 13:48:22 70 1
bbc
There has been an explosion of potholes round my way.

A really quick win would be for companies that dig up the roads for essential works be forced to actually relay the road properly. I have lost count of the number of times the council are forced to redo their shoddy work.
65
31/03/2021 13:55:34 84 2
bbc
Don't pay the contractor for 6 months until the pothole has stood up to "normal" wear and tear. Any degradation until then is paid for by the contractor to ensure the job gets done properly in the first place. Once a contractor has proved their worth then start to pay them earlier.
135
31/03/2021 14:06:42 1 9
bbc
And if you run a business, you'd be happy for your customers not to pay for six months, would you?

Thought not...
275
Jim
31/03/2021 14:40:24 4 0
bbc
The problem is that six months isn't long enough. A repair should be warrantied for at least three years.

Problem is, neither the supplier nor the council have the incentive. Council can't afford to pay extra for a decent fix. As soon as the hole is filled they can say they've met their targets.

And supplier is happy to keep charging an arm and a leg every year or two.
31/03/2021 19:39:00 1 0
bbc
This work is all put out to competitive tender ie lowest unit price gets the work. Only real solution is to direct employ the men who fix the roads, but that requires us all to pay more in Council Tax......
46
31/03/2021 13:52:47 2 5
bbc
These Roads were built in a time decades ago when it was not anticipated we would have the weight of traffic on them. Add to that harsh weather and its a perfect recipe for crumbling roads. Its time Road tax reflected this. Councils have had funding cut so its time to pass the burden onto those who use the roads.
66
31/03/2021 13:55:58 3 0
bbc
No such thing as road tax.
43
31/03/2021 13:52:38 9 46
bbc
Unfortunately, The taxpaying population subsidise the vehicle owners
67
31/03/2021 13:56:03 15 2
bbc
And, of course, -no- vehicle owners pay any tax at all, do they?
33
31/03/2021 13:51:29 1 0
bbc
Shropshire Council are absolutely useless.... Never seen the roads so bad...
68
31/03/2021 13:56:08 0 0
bbc
Same in Sh(T)ameside,totally inept,too many highly paid useless employees.
24
31/03/2021 13:49:43 9 6
bbc
There's a massive pothole outside 10 Downing Street into which all journalistic integrity seems to have fallen and can't climb back out. Maybe they can fill it in with a £100,000 grant?
69
31/03/2021 13:56:09 3 0
bbc
I thought that they had just spent £2.6M creating a "media centre" to tell the public what they think.

Not sure if this was spent to be the "official government message", or the "lets have another Tory publicity campaign"
46
31/03/2021 13:52:47 2 5
bbc
These Roads were built in a time decades ago when it was not anticipated we would have the weight of traffic on them. Add to that harsh weather and its a perfect recipe for crumbling roads. Its time Road tax reflected this. Councils have had funding cut so its time to pass the burden onto those who use the roads.
70
31/03/2021 13:56:11 1 0
bbc
There is plenty of duty raised through vehicle tax to pay for the roads, it just doesn't make its way into the councils pockets.
103
31/03/2021 14:01:42 0 0
bbc
Yep, another of those nice government scams - make the councils responsible for fixing potholes, but don't provide any funding (from Fuel Duty, Vehicle Excise Duty, etc)
71
31/03/2021 13:56:16 117 1
bbc
Doesn't the fact that they're being filled every 19 seconds just highlight how much of a problem they are in the first place?

Surely the reason behind them being filled in is that the original & patch up work quality isn't all that good?
615
31/03/2021 15:45:40 41 0
bbc
They can keep filling the potholes but if you look at the roads they are just completely falling apart and need totally relaying, five minute mend it will not suffice.
726
31/03/2021 16:11:13 2 4
bbc
We should fill them with the moans of pensioners, they are everlasting and difficult to penetrate.
899
31/03/2021 17:37:23 2 1
bbc
What a load of nonsense posted to appeal to the hard of thinking, or to the far-right bots that swamp HYS. Councils' use recommended materials for the job.

Councils have been starved of cash since 2010. The Tory Government kept local business rates to themselves, and froze Council Tax from 2010-11 to 20017/18. Two Tory councils went bankrupt and others are set to follow.
953
DSA
31/03/2021 18:17:45 2 1
bbc
19 seconds is far too fast for council workers, 19 hours is much nearer the truth.
19
31/03/2021 13:49:07 15 5
bbc
Not in Enfield they’re not. They’re building cycle lanes over them that nobody uses.
72
31/03/2021 13:56:19 2 3
bbc
It's because they get back handers for building cycle lanes, but not for filling potholes
35
31/03/2021 13:51:39 31 5
bbc
Nope
73
31/03/2021 13:56:44 7 1
bbc
Woosh!
74
31/03/2021 13:56:48 4 2
bbc
Now we’re all driving round in three tonne SUVs we need the council to divert more money towards patching up roads.
98
31/03/2021 14:01:00 0 0
bbc
Agreed, what about road pricing. plus an additional levy on School Use Vehicles
75
31/03/2021 13:57:30 4 1
bbc
The standard of repairs in our area ( East Sussex ) is appalling. The pot holes usually reappear in a matter of a few weeks. East Sussex County Council claim they have a defined standard. This may be true but they certainly don't apply it to their contractors. They must be laughing all the way to the bank with this regular cash flow, and we pay for it via increased insurance premiums.
317
31/03/2021 14:50:07 0 0
bbc
They probably do have a defined standard. Doesn't mean it's a high standard, does it? They use phrases like this which are meaningless to try to kid you that they are doing something when they have no possible intention of doing so. "Holes shall be filled with a mixture of cheese, waste-paper and superglue" is a defined standard, but it won't last long!
76
31/03/2021 13:57:31 9 1
bbc
Perhaps but the repairs are so shoddy it is just a waste of time.
8
31/03/2021 13:47:41 51 1
bbc
In many cases it is just a waste of time and money as the holes simply re-appear because the filling was as best short-term. Only proper resurfacing wil cure the huge number of road surface defects. But highway authorities say they do not have the money.
77
31/03/2021 13:57:42 48 1
bbc
It always amazes me how the cable companies or the water authorities seem to dig up fairly new roads to update their infrastructure once they realize they are there. Many of these repairs are done very poorly.
122
31/03/2021 14:04:29 7 1
bbc
Agree
You’d think there would be some sort of central clearing house so as all utility companies could arranged when holes were to dug
20
31/03/2021 13:49:14 226 9
bbc
I couldn't understand why this wasn't a major initiative during the first lockdown last year when the roads were empty, so frustrating that councils didn't take advantage and repair the roads then with crews socially distanced instead of putting them on furlough and continuing to collect council tax.
78
31/03/2021 13:57:45 115 6
bbc
Me too & suspect we're not alone
That was an absolutely great opportunity to really get on top of road maintenance.
01/04/2021 07:48:04 0 0
bbc
You'd need central funding.
79
xlr
31/03/2021 13:57:54 2 4
bbc
Of course there's more potholes than ever before. There's more traffic than ever before.

Don't let the fact that there was less traffic during the lockdown fool you: it also meant there were less people out fixing them.
56
31/03/2021 13:54:35 339 9
bbc
Yep, instead of dealing with the problem to stop a re-occurrence they end up filling the pothole a dozen times or resurfacing roads in the cheapest ways possible. Short sighted policies for short sighted councillors.
80
31/03/2021 13:58:03 42 6
bbc
Short sighted ways of funding from central government. Any shortfall in spending on the annual budget is stripped away, meaning local government can't save for a proper repair, but is incentivised to make the short term temporary one.
124
31/03/2021 14:04:37 25 3
bbc
Yep, cheap fix for short term gains.
161
31/03/2021 14:11:29 35 4
bbc
Which is why councils spend the remaining budget in any category on anything to ensure they get best chance of having it the following year. They spend money on some utterly pointless things towards the end of the financial year in my area. Petty politics.
229
31/03/2021 14:27:11 34 18
bbc
Nonsense. There is always money for pointless nothing-jobs whose job title doesn't even make sense. It is the job of councils to deal with the infrastructure, empty the bins, fix the street lights, etc., but they would rather waste money on glossy booklets telling you how good they are, and black lesbian poetry awareness weeks, and diversity and inclusion directors Fix the damn roads!
81
31/03/2021 13:58:04 13 0
bbc
This means nothing unless we know the rate that new potholes are being created. I drove down a couple of roads in Surrey yesterday and they were riddled with potholes.
82
31/03/2021 13:58:10 7 1
bbc
Our road in Maidstone has not been resurfaced for over 15 years and don’t mention the drains being maintained which in turn leads to more damage. Also weeds need clearing in the gutters. Still the rise in council tax will pay for this ...‘not’.
83
31/03/2021 13:58:29 56 1
bbc
The standard of repairs to roads is appalling. Potholes are filled but start reappearing in no time. Re-surfing is left patchy with loose tarmac shedding for weeks to come and puddles settling in the newly created uneven surface. A sign or poor quality materials and sloppy workmanship.. No doubt from accepting the lowest quote rather than finding a longer lasting solution.
84
31/03/2021 13:58:54 14 1
bbc
Unfortunately, many of the pot-holes councils are filling are the same potholes they already filled in on at least one previous occasion - just a few months or even weeks earlier.

This indicates that either there is an underlying problem causing the potholes that is being ignored, or the quality of the filling material and/or workmanship used are not up to the required standard.
167
31/03/2021 14:12:55 8 0
bbc
There are no incentives for contractors to fix roads properly. No performance related incentives/penalties or commitment to proper standard of materials.
307
zap
31/03/2021 14:47:23 0 0
bbc
or - that filling in pot holes is not the answer. Roads need to be re-laid, not patched up.
5
31/03/2021 13:46:40 31 2
bbc
Somebody needs to come up with an invention to prevent pot holes.

They absolutely trash cars suspension and wheels.
85
31/03/2021 13:59:02 10 7
bbc
The damage done by heavy electric vehicles laden with batteries is going to be fun in years to come.
144
31/03/2021 14:08:01 2 5
bbc
Only a couple of 100kg in it - check out BMW 5 Series vs Tesla Model S. Enjoy breathing those diesel fumes though. More lung damage than COVID in a nursing home.
15
31/03/2021 13:48:42 75 3
bbc
The burning question is... have they sorted the 4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire yet?
86
31/03/2021 13:59:12 18 1
bbc
No, but now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
87
31/03/2021 13:59:12 2 0
bbc
It's so annoying, I'm having to drive around in the the hummer as the Aston and the Bentley have low profiles.
88
31/03/2021 13:49:25 14 2
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Councils filling potholes every 19 seconds? If they filled them right the first time, they wouldn't have to fill them every 19 seconds.
31/03/2021 19:05:06 1 0
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Perhaps as your are such an expert , you should stand as a local councillor and give them the benefit of your undoubted skill in this area. No I thought not.
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31/03/2021 13:59:26 4 1
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In my area, when they fill in a pothole they don't seal around the edges so 1st frost or heavy storm and it all crumbles. At the moment though they seem more interested in replacing traffic lights instead of spending on doing a 'proper' job of repairing potholes
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Ed
31/03/2021 14:03:24 1 1
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So true! And I can't remember the last time I was on the M6 when there wasn't miles of speed restricted areas and traffic cones and (more often than not) NO sign of anyone doing any actual road work. This country has become a joke.
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31/03/2021 13:45:38 202 2
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Quite what they are filling in them in with though is an entirely different story.
Round our way, it seems to be a mixture of playdo and rice crispsies.
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xlr
31/03/2021 13:59:43 8 1
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I'm not defending them in any way, but in my experience most materials tend to end up responding like rice crispies in playdo when driven over by a 23 tonne bus.
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31/03/2021 14:28:36 6 3
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There are NO 23-tonne buses - fact.
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31/03/2021 14:00:10 8 0
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Band Aid for brain surgery. Patching up a pothole leaves an inherent weakness that causes failure in cold wet weather. The hole soon reappears. Sections need a total resurface to last.
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31/03/2021 14:00:20 4 0
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Most of the potholes seem to be either where original road surface has been dug up by various utility companies and patched up with a second rate job, leaving potholes to develop along the edges of the patch, or on roads that really need a total resurface as now a patch work quilt of potholes and bodged repairs.
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31/03/2021 13:53:21 20 1
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If they are managing to fill a hole every 19 seconds, that shows how many we had to start with.
Just a question - has this anything to do with either the end of the financial year, or the local elections coming up in May?
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31/03/2021 14:00:24 10 0
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Both.
01/04/2021 09:46:03 0 0
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Neither. Read the article. This didn't just start happening last week.
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31/03/2021 13:45:20 80 1
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Cov council puts soft tar in them out of a bucket and this last approximately 10 minutes before the hole appears again !
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31/03/2021 14:00:34 24 1
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It was an ex-kamikaze pilot who designed Coventry's inner ring road slip roads. What do you expect?
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31/03/2021 15:07:54 10 0
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“EX” Kamikaze ???..... think about it
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31/03/2021 14:00:37 1 3
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Increased rainfall from global warming is dissolving the roads, plus of course increased population, the source of all problems.
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31/03/2021 14:00:37 2 0
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I'm pretty certain my local council (Burton) are waiting until they've actually killed a few motorcyclists before they address the pothole issue... until then, we have to add '3rd world roads' to the list of things that could kill us at any moment.
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31/03/2021 14:00:42 0 3
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If every mode of transport had to pay a sensible amount of ROAD FUND LICENCE there would be money to repair roads properly. It is nothing to do with how GREEN they are it is what the correct name says ROAD FUND LICENCE
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31/03/2021 14:06:12 0 0
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The fact is that the revenues generated by the "ROAD FUND LICENCE" are already more than enough to pay for the proper upkeep of the roads.

Rather, the problem is that governments choose to use these funds for other things.
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31/03/2021 14:09:18 0 0
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Vehicle Excise Duty that is based on emissions you mean. Would all drivers like to pay as much as a Range Rover Sport? No thought not!! Maybe drivers could actually pay more or pay per mile. Seeing as though roads are heavily subsidised by other forms of tax and the ever expanding fleet of heavy SUVs are probably contributing to road wear and tear.
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31/03/2021 13:56:48 4 2
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Now we’re all driving round in three tonne SUVs we need the council to divert more money towards patching up roads.
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31/03/2021 14:01:00 0 0
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Agreed, what about road pricing. plus an additional levy on School Use Vehicles
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31/03/2021 14:01:11 2 0
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I would like to nominate Bury Council as the worst council by a mile for potholes, broken pavements, faded road markings, and repairs not lasting a year as they have been done so badly. Some of the highest council tax too. Totally useless.
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31/03/2021 14:03:32 0 0
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I see your Bury council and I raise you a Tameside Council
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31/03/2021 14:01:21 2 0
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They might as well fill them with custard for what good it does. The whole road system needs fully resurfacing. It's got to be more financially sound in the long run.