County Council asks people ‘if you spot a pothole, get in touch and report it online’

(But don’t expect them to do anything about it)

Worcestershire County Council is urging anyone in Worcestershire that spots a pothole on the roads to get in touch and report it.

The colder temperatures winter brings means this is the time when problems are most likely to occur on highway surfaces because of the freeze-thaw cycle – water freezing and expanding.

Gangs are out and about every day finding and fixing. Last year around 22,000 potholes were carried out on highways, whilst more than 120 miles worth of new road surface was laid in Worcestershire.

Residents can now use the County Council’s online reporting system at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportapothole to alert the authority to any defects. The online facility allows users to key in the nature of the problem and its location as well as uploading images.

The prolonged sub-zero conditions experienced over the last three winter periods haven’t yet returned this time around but, if needed, plans are in place to deal with the inevitable in potholes rise if such weather occurred.

Cllr John Smith OBE, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Anyone who spots a pothole on the roads can play a part in getting it fixed by reporting it. It’s now easier than ever thanks to the simple and quick online reporting system at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportapothole

“The teams that find and fix problems do a fantastic job all year round but it’s usually during the winter when they are at their busiest. As is always the case they’ll be out and about repairing roads in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

Anyone not able to log on to the website can also call the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005 to report any highways issues

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