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New technology used to tackle potholes

Lambeth Council has been using the latest technology to deal with an increase in potholes caused by the cold weather this winter.

The council made financial preparations this year in case we had a repeat of the cold. The contingency funding built up has meant that the council has been well prepared and should have sufficient resources to deal with an increase in demand for road repairs.

Councillor Sally Prentice, Cabinet member for Environment, said:

“We made financial preparations this year in Lambeth year to deal with a potential increase in potholes, and our crews have been working around the clock fixing dozens of potholes a day.

“We have been using the latest technology, which is a new ‘instant patch repair’ method that is much quicker than the traditional method and allows us to deal with potholes much more speedily.

“January saw some of the coldest weather in recent memory which has damaged road surfaces across the country, and Lambeth received around 450 reports of potholes since the beginning of January – around 300 per cent more than usual – but because we were prepared we are dealing with them quickly and efficiently.

“Some potholes are more suitable for the traditional method of repair, so if residents notice our crews instantly patch repairing roads and there are still potholes marked up after they leave, they are not ignoring them, but waiting for a crew who will fix them by the traditional method.”

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