Page last updated at 13:51 GMT, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 14:51 UK

Council 'winning' potholes battle

Potholes in Ashtead Lane, Godalming
Potholes in Ashtead Lane, Godalming (picture by Amanda Harrison)

Surrey County Council has said it is winning its war on potholes after one of the worst winters in decades caused a 30% increase in cases reported.

The council said contractors were fixing 90% of minor road defects on time, with 90% of complaints about potholes being answered within 20 days.

The AA said the council had done well but the appearance of potholes showed the road surface was defective.

"It shows the road needs maintenance from top to bottom," said a spokesman.

Surrey was one of the hardest-hit counties in England during the worst snowfall in 18 years in February.

It is a question of keeping our principal roads flowing as best we can
Councillor Ian Lake

Paul Watters, head of roads policy for the AA, said Surrey had a massive backlog of potholes after the very cold winter, with 30% more potholes than normal.

"They are doing well on getting rid of potholes but they are indicative of a road surface that is less than perfect and that needs more attention," he said.

Residents of Ashtead, Reigate, Guildford, Frimley and Oxted have contacted BBC Surrey to complain of roads riddled with potholes.

Councillor Ian Lake, cabinet member for transport, said some potholes were a higher priority than others.

"If the pothole is very deep and on a principal road it can be done in a couple of hours.

"It is a question of keeping our principal roads flowing as best we can.

"Working with the contractors, we have made considerable advances in the past year in terms of the speed in which the potholes are done."

He said the council would love to have more money for road maintenance but had still managed to resurface large numbers of roads in recent years.

Print Sponsor

Is there a North-South pothole divide?
07 Apr 09 |  Magazine
Potholes mended after icy weather
18 Feb 09 |  Surrey
Snowfall closes roads and schools
02 Feb 09 |  England

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific