Pothole claims are down says council

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The number of pothole reports and claims in the city has fallen, according to the council.

Milton Keynes Council says it is as a direct results of its largest ever road and pavement repair programme.

In December 2013, the council received its lowest number of claims for highways slips, trips and potholes since 2006, which coincides with improvements on the city’s highway.

The council received 500 reports of potholes between August and November 2012, which dropped to 132 reports between August and November 2013 – a reduction of 74 per cent.

In August, the council announced it was using special powers to speed up planned repairs and improvements so that the borough’s roads would be in the best possible shape ahead of icy weather conditions.

This blitz put up to 14 repair crews on the road over a six-week period and added to an eight-month programme which made approximately 3,100 repairs to road and footpath defects and resurfaced more than 77,000 square metres of roads.

The work is part of the council’s £50m investment into roads and pavements, making it the largest road repair programme undertaken by the council to date.

Across the borough, the council is responsible for 1,697 miles of roads and pavements which is longer than the distance from London to Moscow. In addition to the repair work, the council is also making a number of other highways improvements.

The council has also agreed to appoint a single company to run its £200 million highways contract, replacing approximately 50 external contracts in place with separate providers, which is also expected to improve the quality of the service.

Councillor, Peter Geary, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Three years ago there was a huge backlog of potholes and we were struggling to deal with them.

“We have now invested into road infrastructure even in tough times and have significantly improved the roads in Milton Keynes to a standard they have not been in for many years.

“This investment will continue and we will further improve the roads and paths in the coming weeks and months.”