Pothole mapping scheme will make our roads safer, says town’s MP

Pothole mapping scheme will make our roads safer, says town’s MP

by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

POTHOLES on the borough’s roads will be targeted as part of a nationwide mapping scheme.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has launched a first-of-its-kind audit into mapping potholes across England as part of the Government’s multi-billion pounds plan to tackle the scourge of road users everywhere.

The new system will use data from delivery companies like Deliveroo, Uber, Tesco and Ocado to map out ‘pothole hotspots’ so they can be targeted for repair as quickly as possible.

Using information from these businesses and working with Gaist, a highway date and mapping company, the Department for Transport and local authorities including Sefton Council can target improvements so roads are in top condition as people return to work and school.

The new £75million scheme is the latest tranche of the Government’s nationwide pothole repair programme - part of a £2.5billion funding commitment to make roads safer.

Southport Conservative MP Damien Moore said he was delighted the new system would lead to safer roads across the area.

He said: “This is very welcome news for cyclists and motorists here as I know how important a good, safe road network is to so many people.

“Tackling potholes not only reduces the likelihood of accidents and saves lives, but cuts down on the need for vehicle repairs, saving families money they can spend on other things. Any system which can help tackle pothole problems in Southport is very welcome.”

The launch of the scheme comes as highway maintenance works undertaken in the past months when roads were quieter during lockdown has led to 319 miles of resurfacing, making sure that roads are in better condition so that people can get back to work and school safely.

Mr Shapps added: “I want our roads to be as safe as possible, so during the lockdown we’ve resurfaced hundreds of miles of road. But now I want to go further by identifying critical potholes and ensuring these are fixed as quickly as possible.

“We’re teaming up with delivery companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5 billion to pothole repair fund.

“Better road surfaces benefit motorists and cyclists alike ensuring the back to school and work environment is safer for everyone.”

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