Speeding up pothole repairs in South Glos

Cllr Steve Reade

South Gloucestershire Council has announced a new way to manage and report potholes. The system lets users report potholes online through the council’s website.

People are encouraged to report potholes, damaged surfaces, worn road markings, empty grit bins and similar problems. A photograph and additional information can also be added to help the council identify the issue.

Once a report has been made through the new system, issues are dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible, with up-to-date information sent directly to StreetCare operatives.

The person making the report will receive an email notification once the issue has been logged and can then track its progress via their customer account.

Cllr Steve Reade, Cabinet member responsible for transport at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “I’m pleased to announce the launch of our new digital system for people to report issues in their community, such as potholes and other defects on roads, pavements and cyclepaths.

“As well as being quick and straight-forward to use, this new technology also helps reduce the time required to assess, prioritise and carry out maintenance work.”

Since the start of 2022, the council has resurfaced more than 23 kilometres of road with around 5,000 potholes filled between 1st January and the end of May.

You can report an issue by visiting www.southglos.gov.uk/report

A pothole in the road needs to measure 300mm by 300mm and be 40mm deep to be considered in need of attention.

Carbon-saving method

Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced an alternative method to resurfacing roads.

As part of its ongoing commitment to tackle the climate emergency, a carbon-saving method called Foambase® is being used by contractors to resurface roads. It uses 50% less CO2 emissions than traditional methods as it is applied cold and recycles the existing aggregate on site, which reduces waste.

The A368 at Chelwood is the first project to be undertaken with the material being used to resurface 10,000m2.

This scheme alone will replace more than 1,500 tonnes of traditional hot asphalt with the Foambase® material. This will save 28,500kgs of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent of 35 direct flights from London to New York.

Sophie Mead