Number of potholes continue to fall claim Essex Council

THE number of potholes on Essex roads fell in the last three months of 2015, survey results show.

There were 202 potholes and other defects on main roads in Essex at the end of the year, with just 76 on roads classed as Priority 1 and 126 on Priority 2 routes. This compares to a total of 258 in the previous quarter.

This represents a fall of 35 per cent on Priority 1 roads and ten per cent on Priority 2 roads.

Priority 1 roads are the Council’s strategic main roads, such as the A414, A127 and A133, which carry large volumes of high speed traffic through and around Essex, connecting the main centres. Priority 2 roads are other main roads that connect Priority 1 roads with local roads and include the B184, B1026 and B181.

Potholes on local roads have also fallen by eight per cent over the same period, down from 4,380 to 4,028 potholes, continuing the successful trend of the previous three months.

Councillor Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Delivery said: “We have been putting a great deal of effort behind reducing carriageway defects across the whole Essex road network and I am encouraged by the latest figures. It shows we are making excellent progress on roads that are most important to Essex’s economy, as well as with the programme covering local roads that we started in 2014.

“We have benefitted from the unusually mild weather, which enabled works to continue and also prevented seasonal deterioration of the roads. But, as the weather is getting colder, we are expecting the number of potholes and defects to rise.

“Our focus on maintaining local roads will continue in tandem with improving the condition of our priority Essex routes.”

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