Road repairs will take time

Work has started on repairs to north Northumberland's road network following a harsh winter.

Thursday, 29th March 2018, 8:12 am
Pothole filling in north Northumberland.

However, it is likely to be several months before the roads are back to their pre-winter condition.

Graham Bucknall, Northumberland County Council’s north area highways manager, said: “We are well aware that the condition of the roads has deteriorated massively over the past three or four months.

“We’ve had a particularly difficult winter with freeze and thaw which causes major problems and we’ve had a big snow event on top of that.

“We’ve been given an extra £900,000 to tackle it which sounds a lot but it’s not really,” he told members of the North Northumberland Local Area Council. “We’ve had to put that out to tender and the contractors started last week. They are making good progress but it’s going to be a long drawn-out process, probably three or four months, to get back to where we were.”

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He added: “We have enough (money) to tackle this round of potholes but it’s an on-going issue.”

Several councillors thanked the highways teams for their efforts during the ‘Beast from the East’.

Mr Bucknall was speaking prior to the announcement that the council has received a further £1.85million funding from the Government for road repairs.