Birmingham pothole clear-up underway

By on 20/01/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council has stepped up efforts to identify and repair roads damaged by the recent extreme winter weather. 

Four additional repair crews are now on duty to carry out urgent remedial works, whilst residents are being urged to play their part in quickly reporting potholes and other hazards.

The longest period of sub zero temperatures for 30 years has frozen water trapped deep inside some road surfaces, resulting in the opening up of cracks and the formation of a large number of potholes.

Damage to Birmingham's 9,100 roads (2,500km) is still being assessed, so the total repair bill as a consequence of the recent freezing weather is still unknown.

Cllr Len Gregory, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Street Services, has already set crews to work to ensure the road network can be made safe and then repaired as quickly as possible.

He said: “Damage to the city's roads is sadly inevitable following such severe weather. We recognise the need for urgent repairs and the deployment of extra crews underlines our proactive approach to these exceptional conditions.”

“I would like to ask road users to take extra care on damaged roads and report any hazards to the city council.

“In the meantime please bear with us as we look to carry out the necessary repairs as quickly as possible.”

Birmingham City Council encourages members of the public to report faults so repairs can be carried out as quickly as possible.

Click on the link below to report potholes and other damage to the road network or call our Highways Help Desk on 0121 303 6644.

 

Tweet your faults

Alternatively you can report faults to birminghamnewsroom.com via twitter (http://twitter.com/BCCNewsRoom). If we are following you, send us a direct message – start your message with the word POTHOLE and add details of the location of the pothole. We'll forward the information onto the Highways team. If we are not yet following you, follow us and we'll follow you back, so you can send a direct message.

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  1. Jon Bounds says:

    fixmystreet.com would seem to be the ideal tool for this

    • geoffc says:

      Hi Jon

      fixmystreet.com is of course one option for residents, we just wanted to offer another as we’re keen to identify the problems as quickly as possible.

  2. DanDavies23 says:

    The benefit of reporting a problem on FixMyStreet is you have a record of it so can track its progress.

    I’ve also made a map of FixMyStreet reported potholes as part of my Birmingham Cyclist Map: http://hashbrum.co.uk/2010/01/how-to-report-a-pothole/

  3. Andy Mabbett says:

    AFAICT, Birmingham was the first local authority to make it possible to report potholes (and other street faults, like non-working lamps) on-line. I can’t recall exactly when, but it was definitely before 1997.

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