More than 16,000 potholes repaired across Staffordshire so far this year

Staffordshire County Council have completed 16,308 pothole repair jobs so far this year. 

A ‘job’ is, on average, two or three potholes at a time – meaning the number of potholes filled across the county is likely to be double or even triple that figure.  

In 2022, Staffordshire Highways filled 16,039 carriageway potholes. This year has already seen crews surpass their 2022 total. 

Earlier this year, SCC announced an investment of £30 million into maintaining and improving the county’s highways over the next two years. This is on top of the £5 million funding for road repairs and £4.8 million received from the Department for Transport’s pothole fund.

Some of this money has been invested in groundbreaking AI technology that identifies and categories potholes as well as innovative machinery, like the JCB Pothole Pro, to repair defects.  

Two million pounds from the pothole fund has enabled county councillors to prioritise non-urgent nuisance potholes reported locally. 

Residents can report potholes on the county council’s website, using the ‘Report It’ function. Repairs are then prioritised depending on the severity and dangerousness of the defect. 

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, David Williams, said: “We inspect over 1,200 miles of roads and footways each month to check for safety defects because we know how important it is to keep our highways well maintained. 

“These figures show that Staffordshire County Council is well above the national average when it comes to pothole repairs and it something we are very proud of. On average, our crews fill a pothole every eight minutes. 

“To deliver on our promise to fix more of our county’s roads, we have invested £30 million on cutting edge technology, including use of artificial intelligence and the innovative JCB Pothole Pro, to detect and repair defects.”  

Tony Mullins
Tony Mullins
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