Funding boost for pothole spotter system

January 18 2017   | Region: Cymru Wales, East Midlands, East of England, London, North East & Cumbria, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire & the Humber

Funding boost for pothole spotter system
Innovative technology that could revolutionise the way potholes and other road defects are identified is set to be trialled by two local authorities with investment from Government, it has been announced.
 
The Department for Transport revealed last week how £1.2Bn of funding for road maintenance and improvements will be allocated across English councils for the 2017 to 2018 financial year.
 
Among specific initiatives to receive funding is a pothole spotter system – mounted to refuse collection trucks – which will be trialled by Thurrock Council and the City of York Council.
 
The system aims to identify road surface problems before they become potholes by enabling accurate and more frequent surveying of the local road network. An image library of the network’s condition will be built up using high definition cameras alongside an integrated navigation system and intelligent software.
 
“This initiative uses cutting edge technology and innovation that leads to better road conditions at less cost,” commented Thurrock Council leader Rob Gledhill.
 
He added: “I am very pleased Thurrock has been chosen by the Department for Transport as a partner in this pioneering project and I look forward to sharing how it worked with colleagues in other local authorities.”
 
City of York Council executive member for transport and planning Ian Gillies said: “We welcome investment in this pioneering technology which will hopefully allow the council to reduce the amount of money spent fixing potholes each year by repairing road surface defects before they escalate into potholes.”
 
Government’s £1.2Bn investment in the local road network for 2017/2018 comes from various pots, including £210M from the new National Productivity Investment Fund and £70M from the Pothole Action Fund.
 
Local Government Association transport spokesman Martin Tett commented: “Funding for roads maintenance is desperately needed and this money will help councils tackle some of the growing repair backlog and congestion they face on local roads.
 
“However, substantially more funding is needed to bring our roads up to scratch. Our roads crisis is only going to get worse unless we address it as a national priority. This means the Government providing long term and consistent funding to invest in the resurfacing projects which our road network desperately needs over the next decade.”
 
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