Expert not surprised by pothole survey results

Pot Holes in South Drive
Pot Holes in South Drive

A COUNCIL officer says he is not surprised that a national survey found satisfaction in road conditions has plummeted.

The study by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) found satisfaction with the state of the roads and highways has plummeted to its lowest level since it was launched.

Mike Blair

Mike Blair

The survey, which monitors change in attitudes to key public services in the UK, showed that only 32 per cent of people are now satisfied with the quality of the UK’s roads and highways, a drop from 50 per cent in the last quarter of 2010.

At the same time, 61 per cent of people questioned put roads and highways as their first or second priority for more investment.

The group says satisfaction in UK roads has been gradually slipping since the survey started in December 2008, when 62 per cent said they were satisfied.

The sharp rise in the number of potholes caused by periods of extreme weather is thought to have caused the drop in satisfaction.

It comes after the Mail launched the Plot the Pots campaign to highlight the state of Hartlepool’s road network that was left littered with potholes following the harsh winter.

Earlier this month Hartlepool Borough Council agreed to spend more than £1m on resurfacing town roads over the summer.

The work does not include more than £240,000 that the council was given as part of a £200m hand-out from the Government to fix potholed roads.

Mike Blair, the council’s highways, traffic and transport manager, said: “I’m not surprised that the satisfaction in the condition of the roads has dropped due to the fact that they have suffered two of the worst winters we have known in a long time which have caused a lot of damage.

“We are endeavouring to address the problem, we have still got the patching gang running to catch up and get as many potholes filled up as quickly as we can.

“We are getting there slowly but surely.”