Extra staff brought in to tackle Derbyshire potholes

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Road workers at Derbyshire County Council are working extra hours to help fix the backlog of potholes caused by extreme wet weather in the past few weeks.

Over the past five weeks, the county council’s Call Derbyshire contact centre received an average of 780 road-related calls a week in addition to potholes reported online.

The county council carries out a rolling programme of road repairs but extra staff, including external contractors, have been brought in to help deal with the problem.

A council spokesman said: “I can assure people that we’re doing all we can to repair our roads as quickly as possible. We look after more than 3,000 miles of roads across Derbyshire so it’s a massive job but fixing potholes is our number one priority at the moment.

“We’re working through the backlog as fast as we can so please bear with us – and rest assured that if you report it, we will sort it.”

There were 7,633 reports about potholes compared to 5,295 during the same period last year.

Principal engineer Glyn Dutton explained the sheer volume of water on roads in recent weeks and the force it created pushed up the road surface from below breaking up the asphalt. The problem was made worse by freezing temperatures. Report potholes us online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/reportit or by calling on 01629 533190.