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Potholes – Update from Cllr. Matt Furniss, Surrey County Council, Cabinet Member for Highways.

Potholes – Update from Cllr. Matt Furniss, Surrey County Council, Cabinet Member for Highways.

Matt Furniss the Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for highways has issued the following update with regard to the ongoing pothole issues in Surrey following the recent spell of wet weather;

The County of Surrey continues to experience a high volume of potholes on its roads following the persistent rainy weather.  Hopefully the following will provided some helpful context and information;

  • Surrey County Council (SCC) currently have 20 reactive repair gangs on the network together with 13 Traffic management gangs. They are working overtime, doing double shifts and working weekends in order to meet SCC requirements for dealing with potholes.
  • During January and February SCC repaired 6547 and 5455 potholes respectively.  This compares with an average of approximately 3500 a month in September, October and November last year. 
  • Of these totals, approximately 99% of the defects are getting repaired within SCC’s policy timescales. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/policies-plans-consultations/policies-and-plans/highway-safety-inspections-standards-and-procedures
  • The persistent wet weather is making it difficult for some jobs to be completed as permanent repairs and currently, approximately 15% are being made safe with either temporary repairs or traffic management.  All have follow up jobs scheduled within 28 days to permanently repair.  There are a small number of defects that SCC are unable to permanently resolve in this timescale due to operational practicalities such as persistent standing water.
  • In the short term, with the rain continuing, SCC expect the pothole volume to unfortunately remain high, and at the moment they are receiving between 300 and 400 new jobs every day.

Residents should continue to log any potholes using SCC’s online system https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roadworks-and-maintenance/report-a-highway-problem