Kent County Council spends £7.5m on ‘pothole blitz’

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Nearly 30,000 potholes have been filled since March 1, according to Kent County Council.

The authority’s Highways team has also resurfaced 87,000sqm of roads across the county as part of their £7.5million ‘pothole blitz’.

This has seen 2,789 potholes filled in Tunbridge Wells and 1,437 in Tonbridge, since the blitz began in the aftermath of February’s Beast from the East storm.

Work took place last month on Lower Green Road and Church Road in Tunbridge Wells.

Highways teams are scheduled to make road repairs on Forest Road in Tunbridge Wells and Conford Lane in Pembury next week.

Cabinet member for Highways, Mike Whiting, said: ‘This year saw some freezing cold temperatures which has significantly contributed to the number of potholes on our roads.

‘Water gets into the road surface and when it freezes it expands causing cracks and subsequently potholes. Once temperatures warmed up, the county council immediately began work to repair our network.

‘We ensured the main routes in Kent were fixed first alongside emergency repairs and in April began a dedicated pothole blitz tackling our entire network.’

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