Prime Minister David Cameron saw first-hand how potholes are fixed 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 council’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: The 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.
The Government has recently opened the bidding process for £168 million funding to help tackle the problem of potholes.
County Councillor Ian Hudspeth added: I 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.
The 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 Government’s latest funding announcement is very welcome.
Oxfordshire County Council looks after 2,800 miles of road and fixed more than 36,000 potholes last year.