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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 possible.

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 wisely.

“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.

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