FOI Request - Resurfacing and Potholes
1. How much have you been spent on resurfacing and fixing pot-holed roads in 2012, 2013 and 2014 so far (split by year);
2. Have you cut your budget for maintaining roads to 'emergency-only' levels this year? Please answer yes or no;
3. How many claims for compensation were lodged by drivers as a result of damage to their car due to the poor state of the roads in 2012, 2013 and 2014 so far (split by year);
4. The total amount you have paid out to drivers in compensation due to the poor state of the roads in 2012, 2013 and 2014 so far (split by year);
5. The road name (in your council area) which is the worst for pothole damage i.e. it has damaged more cars than any other road in the area – and how many cars this road has damaged and over what period (in weeks);
6. Would you say that your council temporarily fixes potholes rather than relaying road surfaces? Please answer yes or no;
7. How often the average road in your council area is fully re-surfaced (in years).
In questions 1, 3 and 4 you requested that information is provided split by calendar year. Our systems are set up to work with financial years so I have answered the questions on that basis instead.
1. The figures below show the amount spent on resurfacing schemes and patching works in each financial year. Roads can require resurfacing or patching for various reasons, not necessarily potholes. We are unable to break these total figures down to just “pot-holed roads”.
- 2012-13 Resurfacing = £ 3,012,785
- 2012-13 Patching = £ 718,140
- 2013-14 Resurfacing = £ 2,236,377
- 2013-14 Patching = £ 687,120
- 2014-15 (so far) Resurfacing = £ 282,023
- 2014-15 (so far) Patching = £ 200,161
3. 2012-13 = 41
2013-14 = 18
2014-15 (so far) = 2
4. .2012-13 £0
2013-14 = £0
2014-15 (so far) = £0
5. The road with the highest number of insurance claims from 2012-13 to date is the A941 for which we received 4 no. pothole-related claims.
6. Neither. The roads in the worst condition are usually resurfaced, though the budget for this type of work in 2014-15 is significantly less than in previous years. The majority of our patching works (including pothole repairs) are permanent repairs, though it is sometimes necessary to carry out a temporary repair which is then followed up by a permanent repair at a later date.
7. This will vary year on year, depending upon the length of road resurfaced that year. The figures for the 3 years mentioned above are as follows :-
In 2012-13 we resurfaced 26.215 km, which equates to resurfacing roads every 59 years.
In 2013-14 we resurfaced 23.768 km, which equates to resurfacing roads every 65 years.
In 2014-15 we plan to resurface just 2.434 km, which equates to resurfacing roads every 638 years.