Multi-million Lancashire pothole scheme launched

Multi-million Lancashire pothole scheme launched

Multi-million Lancashire pothole scheme launched

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

A MULTI-MILLION scheme to end Lancashire’s pothole nightmare has been launched by the county council.

It will spend £25 million in the next five years using the latest resurfacing and road-sealing techniques to improve the state of roads and pavements.

Over the next 15 years the phased programme, starting with main roads, aims to ensure the current annual spend of £4 million to patch 70,000 potholes every year is a thing of the past.

The Lancashire County Council scheme covers thousands of roads in 12 boroughs including Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley, Rossendale and Chorley.

It follows Blackburn with Darwen borough launching a similar £17.5 million four year scheme in July.

County highways boss John Fillis is confident the work will improve the ride for motorists, cyclists and bus passengers and reduce drivers car repair bills, showing clear results by 2019.

It will dramatically reduce the number of cavities needing filling in future while tackling pavement trip hazards, The first year uses the recent government £4.9 million reward for its existing work on improving road surfaces.

The new approach to maintaining roads, street lights, traffic signals, and bridges focuses on improving aging infrastructure to reduce future spending.

It involves the latest techniques including ‘micro-asphalting’, jet filling of potholes, and new surfacing compounds including an upgraded asphalt and chipping mix.

The 15-year Transport Asset Management Plan (TAMP) will prioritise key parts of the network in three stages, slashing maintenance backlogs by 2029/30.

Dangerous potholes will continue to get emergency treatment, The first five-year phase will focus on A, B and C roads and pavements, the second residential and rural unclassified roads, and the third bridges, street lights and traffic signals.

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3:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

barryinthailand says...

Will believe it when I see it, or don't see it as the case may be.
Will believe it when I see it, or don't see it as the case may be. barryinthailand
  • Score: 6

4:35pm Fri 27 Jun 14

shytalk says...

Why don't they go back to filling in the potholes, then tar spraying the road surface? There was never a problem when they did that every year.
Now it's only a matter of time before people are killed due to roads being in a worse state than in many third world countries.
Why don't they go back to filling in the potholes, then tar spraying the road surface? There was never a problem when they did that every year. Now it's only a matter of time before people are killed due to roads being in a worse state than in many third world countries. shytalk
  • Score: 11

10:38pm Fri 27 Jun 14

theboxman says...

Two identical pot holes 10yds apart on our road 3yds apart. They came and filled one 5months after it was reported and left the other one? That was 3 months ago so expect this scheme to start about December and then be delayed by bad weather.........wast
ing our rates and wrecking our cars........
Two identical pot holes 10yds apart on our road 3yds apart. They came and filled one 5months after it was reported and left the other one? That was 3 months ago so expect this scheme to start about December and then be delayed by bad weather.........wast ing our rates and wrecking our cars........ theboxman
  • Score: 0

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