Prime Minister David Cameron saw first-hand how potholes are fixedÂ during a trip to Oxfordshire.
Mr Cameron visited the Oxfordshire County Council Highways site in Long Wittenham, where he was shown the process and time taken to fix a range of problems faced on the roads. He also learnt about the scale of the pothole problem in Oxfordshire from the county councilâ€™s leader, Cllr Ian Hudspeth and cabinet member for transport, Cllr David Nimmo Smith.
Ian McLellan, operations manager for Skanska in Oxfordshire, who accompanied the Prime Minister around the site, said: â€œThe number of potholes we fix each year goes up. It was great to see the Prime Minister getting a real feel for the work we are doing to repair our roads following the recent floods. â€
The Government hasÂ recently opened the biding processÂ for Â£168 million funding to help tackle the problem of potholes.
County Councillor Ian Hudspeth added: â€œI was pleased to be able to spend some time with the Prime Minister and for him to be able to see first-hand the problems we have here in Oxfordshire.
â€œThe county council always works hard to maintain the roads and fix potholes as soon as we can. To do this costs money, and so the Governmentâ€™s latest funding announcement is very welcome.â€
Oxfordshire County Council looks after 2,800 miles of road and fixed more than 36,000 potholes last year.