RAC says potholes could rival daffodils as spring follows the Beast

 

The RAC has said it fears that roads will suffer further degradation following last week’s freezing conditions and that spring may see nearly as many potholes as daffodils.

The motoring organisation said that while the true effects will only become apparent in the coming weeks and months, its quarterly Pothole Index, which tracks vehicle breakdowns as a result of damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs or distorted wheels, should give an early indication when it is published in early April.

It previously showed that RAC patrols attended 11% more breakdowns in the last quarter of 2017 that could be attributed to potholes than in the same period in 2016 with a total of 2,830 such breakdowns being logged between October and December 2017 in contrast to 2,547 in the same quarter of 2016.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: ‘Unfortunately, Siberian weather was the last thing our roads needed as the freezing conditions wreak havoc with any road surface that is in bad repair. We fear that this Spring we may see the emergence of almost as many potholes as daffodils. And, although this is the season that is supposed to signal the start of better, warmer weather, this year we think it’s likely to be the start of even worse road surfaces for motorists to drive on.

‘Despite a succession of Government “Pothole Funds”, the state of the UK roads is still poor. Road users find themselves faced with a multitude of different types of potholes and road surface defects – so much so that that these defects are worthy of individual classification in the way that naturalists classify species and categorise sub-species.’

”Local
The Great British Pothole: 'Sometimes also referred to as The Classic.'

To mark National Pothole Day, the RAC has joined forces with campaigner Mark Morrell, better known as Mr Pothole, to publish The RAC Guide to the Great British Pothole and Other Road Surface Defects.

It said the guide, which it described as a ‘sideways’ interpretation of normal road maintenance terminology, has a serious side: the aim is to encourage more road users to report potholes and surface defects so that highway authorities can fix them. Potholes and other road surface defects can be reported on the RAC website at www.rac.co.uk/potholes.

Mr Morrell said: ‘I’ve been campaigning about the state of our roads for five years, but in all that time I can’t remember them ever being worse. We all know local authorities are cash-strapped but they also have a duty to provide road surfaces that are fit for purpose, which many sadly aren’t. I hope this guide through a little humour might help to focus minds as the state of our roads is truly becoming a national embarrassment. There is, of course, a risk that we’ll become as obsessed with potholes as we are with the weather.’

Mr Williams added: "Behind ‘The RAC Guide to the Great British Pothole and Other Road Surface Defects" is a serious message to the Government: give local authorities the certainty of sufficient ring-fenced, long-term funding to enable them to bring all of the UK’s roads up to a standard that is fit-for purpose.’

”Local
The Sniper: 'Lurking just out of sight, this one will get you when you least expect it'

Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Cold Comfort conference and exhibition. The annual winter maintenance event takes place on 16th and 17th May at the Ricoh Arena Coventry.Register Today and take advantage of the Super Early Bird Discount.

The 5th Annual Cold Comfort Scotland winter maintenance conference and exhibition takes place on 26th April at the Hilton Dunblane Hydro. Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount by registering today.

Register now for full access


Register just once to get unrestricted, real-time coverage of the issues and challenges facing UK transport and highways engineers.

Full website content includes the latest news, exclusive commentary from leading industry figures and detailed topical analysis of the highways, transportation, environment and place-shaping sectors. Use the link below to register your details for full, free access.

Already a registered? Login

 
comments powered by Disqus
 
 
highways jobs

Highways Maintenance Manager

Plymouth City Council
£37,107 to £41,846
We are looking for a dynamic Highways Manager to lead and co-ordinate all our maintenance activities Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Head of Customs

St Helena
£55k pa, taxable in St Helena; a tax free International Supplement will also apply
Could you lead the HMCE team to efficiently implement the Customs & Excise Ordinance in border protection Saint Helena (SH)
Recuriter: St Helena

Neighbourhood Services Operations Manager

East Lindsey District Council
£30,756 - £35,229 per annum (Grade 7)
This is an exciting opportunity to oversee the delivery of the cleansing and grounds maintenance function in one of the largest Districts of the UK Manby, Louth
Recuriter: East Lindsey District Council

Assistant Highways Officer (North & South Kesteven)

Lincolnshire County Council
£19,819 - £22,401
Lincolnshire County Council is looking to recruit an Assistant Highways Officer to support the Local Highways Management Team Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Chief Executive

Sutton London Borough Council
Competitive Salary
We believe that such important agendas require exemplary leadership. Sutton, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Sutton London Borough Council

Project Engineers

North Yorkshire County Council
£24,313 to £34,788, dependent upon experience.
We are looking for Project Engineers to join our Highways and Transportation service based across North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Improvement/Maintenance Managers

North Yorkshire County Council
£46,503, subject to pay award agreement
Are you an experienced professional looking for a management opportunity? North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Engineering opportunities

North Yorkshire County Council
Ranging from £24,313 up to £34,788
Are you a qualified engineer starting out on your career? North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Heritage Environment Officer

East Lindsey District Council
£30,756 - £35,229 per annum (Grade 7)
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Heritage Environment Officer to join the Council Manby, Louth
Recuriter: East Lindsey District Council

Senior Project Engineer (Highways Laboratory Services Manager)

Derbyshire County Council
Grade 13 £39,867 - £43,282 per annum
Derbyshire County Council are looking for an enthusiastic, enterprising and experienced laboratory Manager Derbyshire
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Head of Policy

National Parks England
£36,153 - £39,961 pa, pro rata (£28.9k for 28 hours per week)
Help us ensure that England’s National Parks remain a national treasure. London (Central), London (Greater)
Recuriter: National Parks England

Urban Traffic Control Engineer

Transport for Greater Manchester
£26,240.00 - £37,369.00 Per Annum
Have you ever thought about who runs the traffic signals in Greater Manchester? Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Transport for Greater Manchester

Environmental Health Officer/Graduate Environmental Health Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£32,473 - £41,657
Make it work for you. Make it your Camden.  Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Process Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£28,910 - £33,531
Make it work for you. Make it your Camden.  Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Parking Asset Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£28,910 - £33,531
We are seeking an Asset Officer who will be responsible for ensuring all on-street parking Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Waste Services Loader

East Lindsey District Council
£16,880 - 17,681 per annum (Grade 2)
An exciting opportunity has become available to join the Council's Waste Services department in the role of a Waste Loader Louth, Lincolnshire
Recuriter: East Lindsey District Council

Food Safety Environmental Health Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£35,913 - £41,657
As an Environmental Health Officer within Environmental Health, Business and Consumer Services your focus will be food safety issues. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Deputy Head of Service – Street Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£52,494 - £55,569
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Deputy Head of Service Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

ECONOMIC PROJECTS OFFICER

Melton Borough Council
Salary £23,866 to £33,136 per annum
We are looking for an ambitious and proactive person enthusiastic about regeneration, town centre and development projects Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,
Recuriter: Melton Borough Council

Environmental Crime Officer

East Lindsey District Council
£19,446 - £22,401 per annum (Grade 4)
We are looking for 2 people to join our Enforcement Team to perform a new innovative role at an exciting time within the department. Manby, Louth
Recuriter: East Lindsey District Council