How we identify and repair potholes.

We regularly inspect the county's roads to identify potholes and other problems on the highway.

The frequency of inspections depends on the type of road. Busier routes, such as ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads, are inspected monthly, whereas quieter routes would be inspected less often.

Repairing potholes

Response times for fixing potholes vary as shown below.

  • We repair potholes 100mm deep or greater and 150mm wide on all roads within 5 working days.
  • We repair potholes between 40mm and 99mm deep and 150mm wide on all roads within 28 days.
  • We do not repair potholes less than 40mm deep on any road, but we will review them at our next inspection.

We always try to make a permanent repair. Sometimes we need to make a temporary repair during wet weather to make the road safe. We monitor this type of repair closely and if they fail we will fix the pothole permanently.

We placed a bid for a share of the £168 million Government Pothole Fund of which we were awarded £2.5 million in June 2014. A copy of the bid is attached below.

The total number of potholes repaired in the 2016/2017 financial year was 23,908.

Report a pothole

Please provide as much detail as you can about the size of the pothole (width and depth) and exact location (for example road name, opposite house number or landmark, position in the carriageway, by junction). This will help us respond quicker.

Potholes on trunk roads A23, A27 and M23 should be reported to Highways England.

Further information

Supporting documents

Last updated:
30 November 2018

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