Stoke-on-Trent Targets 6,000 Potholes in 6-Month Repair Blitz

Stoke-on-Trent City Council launches a 6-month effort to repair 6,000 potholes across the city. Crews will work day and night, with overnight work starting on Festival Park's Ridgehouse Drive, to improve road safety and reduce compensation claims.

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Stoke-on-Trent Targets 6,000 Potholes in 6-Month Repair Blitz

Stoke-on-Trent Targets 6,000 Potholes in 6-Month Repair Blitz

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched an ambitious effort to repair 6,000 potholes across the city within the next six months. The council's highways crews will be working day and night at various locations to tackle the pothole problem, which has resulted in £371,914 in compensation payouts to drivers over the past year for vehicle damage caused by potholes.

Why this matters: The pothole repair effort has significant implications for road safety and the economic burden on local authorities, as poorly maintained roads can lead to accidents and further compensation claims. By addressing this issue, the council can improve the overall quality of life for residents and set a precedent for other cities to follow.

The council has released a schedule of where repair crews and the JCB Pothole Pro machine will be deployed in the coming week. Overnight work is set to begin on Friday at Festival Park's Ridgehouse Drive, lasting for two weeks from 8pm to 6am each night. Other key locations slated for repairs include Boon Ave in Penkhull, Leek Road, Moorland Road in Burslem, High Lane, Scotia Road in Tunstall, the A34 near Harpfield Road in Trent Vale, Leek New Road, Thistley Hough in Penkhull, and King Street in Fenton.

The pothole repair blitz aims to provide smoother and safer roads for motorists while significantly reducing the number of compensation claims the council has to pay out. In addition to the focused repair work, some roads will require temporary closures to facilitate resurfacing. King Street in Fenton is scheduled to be closed between 9:30am and 3pm, with bus operator First issuing updates to passengers about route diversions and affected stops.

Other road closures and incidents have been reported in the area that may impact traffic. These include a crash on Upper Normacot Road in Normacot, another crash partially blocking the eastbound A50 carriageway near Baths Road, and a wide load moving along the A34 from Stafford to Talke over two days. Additionally, Wharf Road in Biddulph is closed for resurfacing until May 19th, with diversions in place.

With crews working tirelessly across Stoke-on-Trent over the next six months, residents can expect to see substantial improvements to the city's road network. The council's concerted pothole repair campaign demonstrates its commitment to enhancing infrastructure and ensuring safer, smoother journeys for all road users. As repair work progresses, motorists are advised to stay updated on road closures and plan their routes accordingly to minimize disruptions.

Key Takeaways

  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council aims to repair 6,000 potholes in 6 months.
  • Potholes have cost the council £371,914 in compensation payouts in 1 year.
  • Crews will work day and night at various locations to tackle the pothole problem.
  • Temporary road closures will be necessary for resurfacing and repairs.
  • The council's goal is to provide smoother and safer roads for motorists.