Pothole repairs

Reactive repairs including potholes

In addition to larger maintenance schemes, we also carry out reactive repairs, which includes repairing potholes.

Roads repaired in November 2023 to January 2024 are:

  • C1234 - Bagwyllydiart to Pontrilas Court - completed 6 November 2023
  • C1125 - A417 To The Vauld, Bodenham Village - completed 7 November 2023
  • C1205 - Green Lane to Rhydunnog Lane, Michaelchurch Escley - completed 7 November 2023
  • C1294 - C1293 to Court Farm, Kynaston - completed 10 November 2023
  • C1105 - Ivington Road, Newtown - completed 14 November 2023
  • C1082 - Gorsty Corner to Bearwood Cross Road, Bearwood - completed 21 November 2023
  • C1060 - From A44 to C1059, Near Hatfield - completed 27 November 2023
  • C1109 - Auberrow Road to Parks Lane, Near Wellington - completed 27 November 2023
  • C1110 - Little Maidenhyde to C1116 Via Pencombe - completed 4 December 2023
  • C1080 - Track South of Pennsylvania to Bad Patch Wood, Holme Marsh - completed 5 December 2023
  • C1154 - A417 To Millend Farm, Canon Frome - completed 17 November 2023
  • C1289 - The Old Lodge, Much Marcle - completed 11 December 2023
  • C1234 - Bagwyllydiart Farm to Little Hill Road, Orcop - completed 8 December 2023
  • C1155 - Heywood lane to Cold Green, near Ashperton - completed 18 December 2023
  • U94010 - Enfield Lane, Risbury - completed 20 December 2023
  • C1283 - C1280 to Kingstone, near Rudhall - completed 15 January 2024
  • U72618 - Holbatch Lane, Sutton St Nicholas - completed 17 January 2024
  • C1098 - Between Lulham Cottage and Madley, near Madley - completed 14 December 2023
  • U93018 - Hereford Lane, near Kingsland village - completed 18 December 2023
  • C1190 - A438 to Brook at the Boat House, Breinton - completed 9 January 2024
  • U91607 - Stansbatch - completed 15 January 2024
  • C1099 - A480 to Upper Barn Lane - completed 22 January 2024

Section of the C1234 showing surface patching repairs

Section of the C1234 showing surface patching repairs

How a pothole is formed

  1. Rain water gets into cracks in the road surface
  2. When the temperatures drop, the water then freezes and expands, making the cracks bigger
  3. The water then melts and evaporates in warmer conditions
  4. The road surface becomes weaker, the cracks then get broken down by traffic

Illustration of how a pothole is formed


Road inspections and reporting defects

We have Locality Stewards who carry out regular walked or driven inspections of all council-maintained roads across the county. Rural roads are inspected annually, while busier routes are inspected more often.

During inspections, they look for any defects such as:

  • Potholes
  • Cracks in the road surface
  • Sunken ironwork
  • Blocked drainage
  • Flooding
  • Other issues

They assess the risk associated with the defect, such as its location, the volume and types of traffic and the visibility at the site. The defect is then recorded and a job raised for a repair.

The defect may also be marked with temporary road marking paint to enable the repair team to easily find it.

Defects are allocated one of the two following categories:

  • Category 1 – These are defects that require prompt attention because they present a significant, immediate or imminent risk to highway users or because there is a risk of structural deterioration
  • Category 2 – These are defects which, following a risk assessment, are not considered to present an immediate or imminent hazard to road users

All defects are also categorised as either high priority (Priority A), medium priority (Priority B), or low priority (Priority C) with different response times assigned to each.

We also receive reports from the public about potholes and other defects on the network. You can report road problems on this website or by calling 01432 261800.

Any reported defects are inspected by the Locality Stewards who can then record and raise a job for a repair if the issue is believed to pose a risk to highway users.