Reporting of potholes halves on West Sussex roads

Reporting of potholes on West Sussex roads has halved in the past year.

Tuesday, 28th July 2015, 11:32 am
John OBrien chatting to residents of Willowbrook Way, Hassocks ahead of work planned later this year (photo submitted). SUS-150728-111510001

West Sussex County Council figures show that 1,178 were fixed last month down from 2,360 in June 2014.

According to the authority its two-year £30m Better Roads Programme, launched in 2014 to target rural and residential roads in need of repair, has played a key role in this drop.

John O’Brien (Con, East Grinstead South & Ashurst Wood), WSCC’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We know how frustrating it is to be confronted by potholes on your street whenever you leave for work or return home.

John O'Brien Inspecting the new and improved road surface at Wheatstone Close, Crawley (photo submitted). SUS-150728-111457001

“So it is reassuring the data is telling us that our road network is improving.

“When we first started this project, almost a quarter of our rural and residential roads were in need of major repair.

“That statistic is coming down all the time.

“We are on course to restore the state of the roads to the level it was before successive severe winters damaged them so harshly.”

John O'Brien observing the Better Roads programme in action at St Nicholas Road, Lavant; (photo submitted). SUS-150728-111521001

Back in January 2014 4,117 potholes were recorded, a figure that peaked at 5,877 in March that year, before falling to its lowest level in October 2014 at 1,008.

In total 40,029 potholes were reported in West Sussex in 2014.

The £30m spent on road repair up to April 2016 is on top of the £9.4m the county council spends on its roads maintenance programme annually.

For the most up-to-date information about the date work starts, check the advance warning yellow signs outside your road.

For all other enquiries email [email protected]

You can report a pothole online at or by downloading the Love West Sussex app.

What do you think of the condition of the roads in your area? Comment below or email the newsdesk.

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