Road repairs will be `stepped up'
THE county council says it is stepping up road repairs to deal with damage caused by heavy rain in recent weeks.
Councillor Simon Spencer, cabinet member for highways and transport, said extra staff had been drafted in to drive along the county's most important routes – around 1,500 miles – to find and fix dangerous potholes.
Mr Spencer said: "There's no doubt our roads have taken a battering.
"Heavy and persistent rain washed away road surfaces in some areas, turning potholes into craters.
"Days of continuous rain meant we couldn't get out there to keep on top of the repairs and this means our roads are in a pretty bad way.
"That's why we're surveying all our priority routes to identify dangerous defects and make them safe."
Mr Spencer said all emergency repairs along these routes were expected to be completed by early next week.