Council repairs battered roads after rain

Road repairs are being stepped up by Derbyshire County Council to deal with damage caused by heavy rain in recent weeks.

Extra staff have been drafted in to drive along the county’s most important routes – around 1,500 miles – to find and fix dangerous potholes.

Cllr Simon Spencer, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “There’s no doubt our roads have taken a battering. Heavy and persistent rain washed away road surfaces in some areas, turning potholes into craters.

“Days of continuous rain meant we couldn’t get out there to keep on top of the repairs and this means our roads are in a pretty bad way.

“That’s why we’re surveying all our priority routes to identify dangerous defects and make them safe.”

All emergency repairs along these routes are expected to be complete by early next week.

Potholes and other potentially dangerous problems reported by the public will be repaired within five days.

Less urgent problems identified by the county council on B and C roads will be carried out within five working days and on the rest of Derbyshire’s roads – those carrying the least traffic – within 28 days.