Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire pothole patrols to be extended

Pothole patrols will be scouring Staffordshire's highways for an extra month in search of road defects in need of repair.

The announcement follows a 10-week blitz to repair cracks and holes on the county's roads.

The council's highways chief, Councillor Mike Maryon, said so far the team had repaired more than 6,000 defects during the initial project.

He said the extension came in the wake of freezing winter weather conditions.

The county council and the government invested an extra £6m in helping to repair the damage in 2011.

'Important issue'

This was on top of the £30m the council committed to road improvements over a four-year period.

The extra money will be used for repairs and additional preventative and reconstruction works to put the roads in better shape to withstand harsh winters and be less prone to defects.

Mr Maryon said: "People regularly tell me that potholes are one of the most important issues to them on a local level.

"Having a good quality road infrastructure plays a major role in the county's economy and I am determined to get Staffordshire's roads in as good condition as possible, given the funding available."

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