Plan to reduce the backlog of countypotholes

Potholes, Northumberland
Potholes, Northumberland

Plans have been announced to reduce the backlog of potholes in the county.

In the last six months, Northumberland County Council has worked to reduce the backlog of potholes in the county through investment in new methods and machinery, including the purchase of two Jetpatcher repair machines and the use of two additional road menders.

In May 2013 the pothole backlog stood at 35,247 outstanding repairs. The backlog has now been reduced to 12,213 defects at the end of January 2014.

Now an extra £600,000 has been allocated to accelerate the programme of pothole repairs across the county.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment said: “Whilst we have made significant progress, there is still a great deal to do.

“We are moving to a proactive approach to pothole repair and we determined to clear this backlog.”

Residents can now follow the progress we are making in clearing the pothole backlog on a monthly basis at

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