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Suffolk County Council says there has been an increase in pothole repairs through ‘extra investment, more resources, and new ways of working’.





Suffolk has seen a rise in the number of potholes repaired - with trials of new fixes underway, according to the county council.

Suffolk County Council says there has been a 34 per cent increase in pothole repairs compared with last year - and that this has been achieved through ‘extra investment, more resources, and new ways of working’.

It is currently testing a new method called The Roadmender which is said to provide longer lasting pothole repairs.

The county council has been working to repair the increasing number of potholes
The county council has been working to repair the increasing number of potholes

The Roadmender trial with Highway Workforce is a repair method which results in sealed repairs; which are quicker to carry out.

The trial which began on March 11, is eco-friendly and also lowers the carbon footprint of repairs by 80 per cent.

The Roadmender works on both asphalt and concrete roads and is designed for repairs to all types of road defects and is capable of overlaying areas with multiple defects in a single visit.

The county council has been working to repair the increasing number of potholes
The county council has been working to repair the increasing number of potholes

The process is said to be more efficient, reducing material and waste by 90 per cent and avoiding unnecessary disruption on roads.

Councillor Paul West, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Ipswich, operational highways and flooding, said: “Potholes are a huge issue currently facing local authorities up and down the country, here in Suffolk is no different.

“The extremely wet weather conditions have meant an increase in the number of potholes breaking out, so we are doing all we can to stay on top of the problem.

The Roadmender works on both asphalt and concrete roads
The Roadmender works on both asphalt and concrete roads

“Our efforts have included bringing additional resource in and trialling new machinery and methods which are focussed on fixing more defects, quicker and more sustainably.

“By investing more resource and trying new methods, we have been able to fix 34 per cent more potholes than last year.”