Residents in a market town in Cumbria have been left furious at the amount of recurring potholes despite Cumbria County Council announcing that they have filled more than 1,500 holes across the county.
Currently Appleby-in-Westmorland has major road works on in the town centre with the main road closed while work to repair the potholes completed, however the people who live in the town are up in arms about the disruption caused.
And they say the fix is only a temporary one, because the potholes will inevitably reappear before long.
In less than a month Cumbria County Council have filled in almost 1600 pot holes in Eden and South Lakes.
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One resident said: "It's a joke, I understand the work that is going on but its is such a pain with the road closed. The diversion is a nightmare and that road is now getting damaged because of the volume of traffic.
"Are they going to repair all of the roads again? They've had to fix the sink hole that had previously been repaired."
Cumbria County Council is harnessing extra resources to help repair damage to the county’s roads caused by freezing winter temperatures.
The pothole repair initiative has begun in Eden and South Lakes and continue throughout the county in the coming months.
The council has organised innovative jet patching and thermal road patching machines to fix potholes, carry out emergency road repairs and seal worn sections of the carriageway.
During the period 21 February to 11 March, Highways Teams have mended the following potholes:
547 potholes by a velocity machine and 502 by a thermal patcher, in Eden; and 543 by a velocity machine, in South Lakes.
But the residents don't feel like enough is being done. they added: "I'm now worried about substandard work and materials and only doing a quick fix. They have filled lost of potholes but will the repairs last?
"If I damage my car because of the damaged roads I will be really annoyed."
The repairs that the council are doing can take as little as 15 minutes to complete using the high-powered jet patching equipment. A cold bitumen emulsion is forced into every crack and crevice under high pressure to fill a pothole.
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Thermal road patching machines work by melting the existing poor road surface and producing a permanent, heat-sealed, seamless repair which re-establishes the original quality of the road.
Jet patchers are highly efficient and cost-effective way of repairing damaged road surfaces.
Thermal road patchers can repair a road defect in as little as 15 minutes, much faster than using traditional road repair methods. This technology can reduce carbon emissions, minimise disruption to the public and traffic, and facilitate a faster repair.
Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:“Freezing temperatures have taken their toll on the condition of roads. Repairing damaged road surfaces is a top priority for the county council, and we’re deploying this patching technology to support this essential work.“
“These machines provide an extremely fast, efficient method that can permanently repair a pothole in a fraction of the time it usually takes conventional repair methods. The repairs are more cost effective and are instantly ready to take vehicles reducing disruption to the public and providing a long-lasting repair.”
“Our pothole repair program has started in Eden and South Lakes but will be coming to a town near you soon”.