Highways England has spent £9 million repairing in excess of 5,000 potholes in the East of England this year.
It is part of the drive by the company in charge with operating, maintaining and improving England’s roads to stamp out the blight of potholes.
Significant damage was caused earlier in 2018 by the Beast from the East, shutting down construction projects and denting the economy.
Part of the damage caused highlighted the already huge issue of potholes on England’s roads; after severe criticism from road operators, businesses and associations, the government committed extra investment to tackle the problem of potholes.
The East of England benefited from this because of a large increase in potholes in the region – exacerbated by the storms.
It forced Highways England into action and now, thousands of potholes on major roads across the area have been fixed.
In order to make the repairs, Highways England has used more than 34,000 tonnes of material to make the repairs, covering 240,000 square metres in total.
The severity of the problem is magnified by the fact that the new road surface laid is equivalent to resurfacing a 36-mile stretch of road, which would reach from Cambridge to the M25.
Martin Fellows, Operations Director for Highways England in the East, explained what the work has provided.
He said: “Repairing the damage done by the Beast from the East was a massive job and I am grateful to local authorities for their cooperation in planning the work and to drivers for their patience while we carried it out.
“The concrete surfaces on many of the roads in the East of England are approaching the end of their serviceable life and will require wholesale renewal in the coming years, but repairs we have done over the past six months will help keep the roads providing safe and reliable journeys in the meantime.”