Pothole Hit Squad
A unique new service to deal with potholes is being launched
this week by Bedford Borough Council.
The ‘Pothole Hit Squad’ will react to calls from the public to
quickly repair problem potholes throughout the borough. This
enhances the existing pothole repair service. However, the ‘Pothole
Hit Squad’ will be armed with new equipment to allow them to carry
out a permanent repair to potholes.
During 2010, the Council repaired approximately 1,800 potholes
as well as repairing and resurfacing other stretches of road,
including Hillgrounds Road, Castle Road and Chiltern Avenue.
The Pothole Hit Squad will provide a faster response to smaller
potholes and will be able to repair and seal them in minutes. Some
streets where there are a number of larger holes may still require
more extensive repairs or complete resurfacing. All reports of
potholes will be judged by priority and dealt with as quickly as
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “We have put a great deal of extra
funding into local roads and pavements, with more resurfacing and
repairs taking place across the Borough. But the fight back against
the backlog of works left by the former County Council is not just
about spending more money; it’s also about spending it more
“Thanks to investments we’ve made, the new Pothole Hit Squad
will be able to be out on the streets carrying out swift, high
quality repairs to potholes reported by local residents.
“This new service goes alongside our other efforts to invest in
our roads and keep the borough moving. We ordered an additional
3,000 tonnes of grit from Sweden last summer, meaning we were able
to continue full gritting runs during the recent cold weather,
unlike many other areas. We have also invested an additional
£4million in roads and pavements within two years over and above
the level of spending by the former County Council.”
Local residents who wish to report a pothole are still
asked to contact the Highways Helpdesk on 01234 228661. All
potholes will be judged on a priority basis.