Milton Keynes Cabinet have agreed further action on potholes as the Council aims to be best performer in the UK. From April to September of 2018, 10,310 potholes were fixed. As new efforts are made to further improve our roads, a new study suggests the condition of Milton Keynes Council roads are the second best across the entire country.

Pothole repairs in MK totalled over 10,000 between April to September 2018
Pothole repairs in MK totalled over 10,000 between April to September 2018

Despite the progress made over the last six months,  the National Highways and Transport Survey 2018 has shown that public satisfaction puts Milton Keynes only 41st out of 112 councils.

Milton Keynes Council Cabinet will agree to further improve pothole performance when it meets on the 2 October.

Cabinet member Cllr Martin Gowans wants to see Milton Keynes Council become the best pothole performer in the country and to see public satisfaction rise.

In order to improve performance and public satisfaction it is proposed to make the following changes in the way potholes are repaired:

  1. a) Amend the current 50mm defect intervention levels on some roads to a universal 40mm defect investigation level requiring all potholes exceeding 40mm to be considered for repair.
  2. b) To investigate for repair those defects greater than 300mm in width where the surface layer has delaminated from the remainder of the surface.
  3. c) Following the recent successful trail, where defects not meeting the intervention levels are identified close to a defect which is to be repaired, that they are repaired at the same time.

Cllr Gowans said, “I am not surprised that MKC is the second best performing Council in the Country when it comes to potholes. However the public think we are not very good. So I want to see further improvements in performance and to try and get the public satisfaction up. Altering the level at which we intervene is a good first step as has been trial of doing potholes that were below the standard but next to one’s meeting the standard. ”

The revised service also leads to a longer term planned maintenance approach funded by capital spending, rather than a simple repairs service that costs more per pothole.

He concluded, “Whilst I want to see our Council become the top performer in road maintenance, I also want to see resident satisfaction rise. All these new measures should help.”

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