Plymouth winning its fight against potholes


We are winning our fight against potholes thanks to major investment in the city’s road network, along with a proactive repair programme and innovative machinery.

Between January and June 2014, our highways contractor Amey received 4,299 reports or complaints about potholes, compared to just 867 for the same period this year – a drop of 80 per cent.

Amey is working around the clock and has already completed one major resurfacing programme this year, which has permanently repaired 31 roads.

A second programme, which is targeting Plymouth’s strategic routes (A, B and C roads), got under way in April and will resurface a further 20 roads and three roundabouts over the summer.

These works are part of an £11.2 million repair programme that will treat two thirds of the city’s strategic network over the next three years.

This is in addition to a programme of protective micro-asphalting on 23 roads showing the early signs of wear and tear. Micro-asphalt is a preventative treatment that not only extends the life of the road but also provides better skid resistance, improving road safety.

The pioneering ‘Roadmaster’ machine has also returned permanently to the city’s roads, following a hugely successful pilot last year. More than 11,000 defects were repaired by the Roadmaster in 2014 and since its return in March it has already tackled a further 3,000.

Since January, 140,248 square metres of tarmac has been laid across the city as part of our resurfacing and micro-asphalting programmes and in the last 12 months 35,774 individual potholes have been repaired on Plymouth’s roads.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “A resilient road network is a priority for residents and for this Council. We’ve been pulling out all the stops to make extra money available and repair as many problem areas as possible.

“In 2014/15 we spent more than £4.5 million on road repairs and resurfacing and this year we will be spending more than £8 million. This increased investment, combined with a more proactive approach to repairs and the use of more sophisticated technology, is making a big difference to the condition of Plymouth’s roads.”

Resurfacing will take place in the following locations in July:

Albert Road
Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 July
6.30pm to 6am

North Cross Roundabout
Sunday 5, Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July
7.30pm to 6am

Charles Street
Thursday 9 July
7pm to 6am

Charles Cross Roundabout
Sunday 12, Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July
7.30pm to 6am

Ferry Road
Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 July
7.30pm to 6am

Pottery Road
Sunday 19 and Monday 20 July
7.30pm to 6am

Paradise Road
Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July
6.30pm to 6am

Exeter Street (inbound)
Sunday 26, Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 July
7pm to 6am

Exeter Street (outbound)
Thursday 30 July
7pm to 6am

All of the resurfacing works are being carried out at night to minimise disruption to traffic. They all require road closures and residents and businesses near the works are being notified in advance. Access to properties will be maintained as far as possible and any diversion routes will be signposted.

The works are being carried out alongside our day-to-day road maintenance programme, which sees 10 gangs carrying out permanent first-time repairs to individual potholes across the city, including one gang operating at night on busier roads that cannot be closed to traffic during the day.

The full list of roads being resurfaced over the summer is available on our road repairs page. For the latest updates on road closures and improvement works, you can also follow @plymouthroads on Twitter.