Council close to repairing all potholes

Work is continuing to repair and fill in potholes on the county’s roads.

Officials at Northumberland County Council say they have reduced the backlog of potholes by 71 per cent since the end of January.

And they are on track to clear the backlog completely by the end of the month.

Latest data from the authority shows there are still 3,537 outstanding potholes in the county.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “We are on track to fulfil our pledge to clear this backlog of potholes by the end of June.

“We have taken a proactive approach to pothole repair and we are doing more long term repairs instead of temporary patches.”

An extra £600K has been allocated to accelerate the programme of pothole repairs across the county.

Residents can now follow the progress in clearing the pothole backlog on a monthly basis via

In the last seven months the council has managed to reduce the backlog of potholes through investment in new methods and machinery, including the purchase of two Jetpatcher repair machines and two additional road menders.

The new funding will provide area inspectors with additional short-term capacity to speed up repairs and ensure communities benefit.