Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes £6m fund to repair potholes across Hampshire and Southampton

118,000 pot holes to be filled in £6m blitz across Hampshire

118,000 pot holes to be filled in £6m blitz across Hampshire

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MORE than £6m will be spent blitzing potholes on Hampshire’s roads.

The Government has announced it will be handing out the cash to both Hampshire and Southampton councils as part of a £168m pot to help repair the country’s roads following damaging winter weather.

That's enough cash to fill up to 118,000 pot holes.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Hampshire County Council was receiving an extra chunk of cash in recognition of the work that was already being done in the county to tackle the problem.

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Mr Cameron said: “We have already made an historic investment in Britain’s road network – the biggest since the 1970s – including over £22m set aside for road maintenance in Southampton and Hampshire in this year alone.

“Potholes damage cars, motorbikes and cycles and cost hard-working people money for repairs. Helping fill in potholes is helping hard-working families and we need to do more of it.

"Hampshire council has shown it is one of the leading areas in the country in its determination to beat potholes, and is receiving extra cash as a result.”

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It is estimated the cash could help repair around 180,000 potholes in the region.

This is the latest in a series of announcements which will see more than £24 billion spent on England’s strategic road network between 2010 and 2021 – the biggest investment in the road network since the 1970s.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at the county council, said: “I am pleased to see that not only has the Government recognised the extent of the damage to Hampshire’s roads but also that it is reassured the county council can spend this money wisely.

“This £6m comes on top of the £11.5m already awarded, and, I believe, is a reflection of the county council’s commitment to long-terminvestment in the road network.”

HAMPSHIRE

  •  June 2014 pothole fund award:  £6,086,445
  • Potential number of potholes fixed: 114,000
  • Weather repair fund awarded in  March 2014: £11, 509, 673

SOUTHAMPTON:

  • June 2014 pothole fund award:  £232,889
  • Potential number of potholes fixed: 4,000
  • Weather repair fund awarded in  March 2014: £453,946

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9:11am Fri 20 Jun 14

bigfella says...

This is good news, of course, but provided they are filled correctly first time. I'm sure you've all seen holes filled only for them to reappear 6 months later
This is good news, of course, but provided they are filled correctly first time. I'm sure you've all seen holes filled only for them to reappear 6 months later bigfella
  • Score: 14

9:14am Fri 20 Jun 14

one in a million says...

Good news, although what is really needed is new roads.
Good news, although what is really needed is new roads. one in a million
  • Score: 9

9:44am Fri 20 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Considerably more important to the people of this country than "overseas aid" or mock marriage, so why only touch on it in the dying 10 months of the Parliament?
Considerably more important to the people of this country than "overseas aid" or mock marriage, so why only touch on it in the dying 10 months of the Parliament? Dai Rear
  • Score: 4

9:51am Fri 20 Jun 14

MeanMclean says...

There has been so many pothole repairs done to Redbridge Hill by the fire station it may as well be a cobble street! Being that there is an fire station that deals with emergencies and even they have to drive slow on that stretch of road. This should of be dealt with ages ago.
There has been so many pothole repairs done to Redbridge Hill by the fire station it may as well be a cobble street! Being that there is an fire station that deals with emergencies and even they have to drive slow on that stretch of road. This should of be dealt with ages ago. MeanMclean
  • Score: 15

12:59pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Oliverm says...

Drives over a pothole: "fix the roads!"
Encounters roadworks: "what's the holdup!"
Drives over a pothole: "fix the roads!" Encounters roadworks: "what's the holdup!" Oliverm
  • Score: 7

3:46pm Fri 20 Jun 14

S!monOn says...

Oliverm wrote:
Drives over a pothole: "fix the roads!"
Encounters roadworks: "what's the holdup!"
lol so so true
[quote][p][bold]Oliverm[/bold] wrote: Drives over a pothole: "fix the roads!" Encounters roadworks: "what's the holdup!"[/p][/quote]lol so so true S!monOn
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

downfader says...

Lets not forget that stamping some filler in the hole wont fix them for long. Many placed need the WHOLE road and sub layers dealt with. Otherwise its just a waste of public money
Lets not forget that stamping some filler in the hole wont fix them for long. Many placed need the WHOLE road and sub layers dealt with. Otherwise its just a waste of public money downfader
  • Score: 3

4:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

downfader wrote:
Lets not forget that stamping some filler in the hole wont fix them for long. Many placed need the WHOLE road and sub layers dealt with. Otherwise its just a waste of public money
Well i dint think you will get many roads repaired with that level of funding.
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Barely cover the cost of the potholes
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Lets not forget that stamping some filler in the hole wont fix them for long. Many placed need the WHOLE road and sub layers dealt with. Otherwise its just a waste of public money[/p][/quote]Well i dint think you will get many roads repaired with that level of funding. . Barely cover the cost of the potholes Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -2

6:16pm Fri 20 Jun 14

halibutjackson says...

Called pot holes after the potters that used to dig holes in the roads looking for clay. Thats a true story wideawakers.
Called pot holes after the potters that used to dig holes in the roads looking for clay. Thats a true story wideawakers. halibutjackson
  • Score: 9

9:04pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bucktoom says...

I've lost faith that the council will repair any pot holes in Lordswood.
I've lost faith that the council will repair any pot holes in Lordswood. bucktoom
  • Score: 2

9:11pm Fri 20 Jun 14

downfader says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
downfader wrote:
Lets not forget that stamping some filler in the hole wont fix them for long. Many placed need the WHOLE road and sub layers dealt with. Otherwise its just a waste of public money
Well i dint think you will get many roads repaired with that level of funding.
.
Barely cover the cost of the potholes
Thats probably true. We can also note that since the road crew contracts were thrown out to tender to private companies that the costs seem to have spiraled and staff seem to have plummeted.

I think the whole thing needs to be looked at in much closer detail as to how to both save money and increase quality.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Lets not forget that stamping some filler in the hole wont fix them for long. Many placed need the WHOLE road and sub layers dealt with. Otherwise its just a waste of public money[/p][/quote]Well i dint think you will get many roads repaired with that level of funding. . Barely cover the cost of the potholes[/p][/quote]Thats probably true. We can also note that since the road crew contracts were thrown out to tender to private companies that the costs seem to have spiraled and staff seem to have plummeted. I think the whole thing needs to be looked at in much closer detail as to how to both save money and increase quality. downfader
  • Score: 2

2:10pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Niel says...

What might help is repairs that don't fail to ensure repeat work for the contractors. Looking at the money being wasted by operation resilience coating already patchy rough roads with new stone dressing, hiding the existing rubbish rather than fixing it, we'll be suffering appalling road for years to come.

It might be good to actually survey the existing roads and repair them properly where there are multiple problems, the rutted roundabouts in Fareham, Eastleigh, Totton, Hedge End that I have to use are dangerous, the standard is based on the ride quality of a car, not much use for those on two wheels, human powered or not.

A lot of 'city' and town roads suffer from the latest generation of air suspension buses, the slightest defect or uneven surface and the suspension pounds the surface, breaking it up resulting in potholing, the passengers have a lovely ride, but everyone else suffers. Time roads were smooth enough the buses don't cause further damage!
What might help is repairs that don't fail to ensure repeat work for the contractors. Looking at the money being wasted by operation resilience coating already patchy rough roads with new stone dressing, hiding the existing rubbish rather than fixing it, we'll be suffering appalling road for years to come. It might be good to actually survey the existing roads and repair them properly where there are multiple problems, the rutted roundabouts in Fareham, Eastleigh, Totton, Hedge End that I have to use are dangerous, the standard is based on the ride quality of a car, not much use for those on two wheels, human powered or not. A lot of 'city' and town roads suffer from the latest generation of air suspension buses, the slightest defect or uneven surface and the suspension pounds the surface, breaking it up resulting in potholing, the passengers have a lovely ride, but everyone else suffers. Time roads were smooth enough the buses don't cause further damage! Niel
  • Score: 0

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