DfT carrying out pothole mapping project

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched an audit into the mapping of potholes in England.

The DfT, which is being assisted by highway data and mapping company Gaist, wants to better target improvements so that roads are in top condition as people return to work and school.

The Department is also working with businesses such as Deliveroo, Uber, Tesco and Ocado, alongside local highway authorities to identify ‘pothole hot-spots’.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “I want our roads to be as safe as possible, so during the lockdown we’ve resurfaced hundreds of miles of road. But now I want to go further by identifying critical potholes and ensuring these are fixed as quickly as possible.

“We’re teaming up with delivery companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5 billion pothole repair fund. Better road surfaces benefit motorists and cyclists alike ensuring the back to school and work environment is safer for everyone.”

According to officials, combining collated data on current potholes held by nationwide businesses and the most up-to-date bank of roads imagery in the country from Gaist, the DfT will be able to paint the most comprehensive picture ever of where funding is most needed to make sure roads are not plagued by potholes.

The government has already committed £2.5 billion in funding for pothole repairs. The launch of the review comes as new data reveals that highway maintenance works undertaken in the past months when roads were quieter during lockdown has led to 319 miles of resurfacing, making sure that roads are in better condition so that people can get back to work and school safely.