Surrey County Council’s road repair teams have fixed almost as much road as two laps of the M25 in a year.
Council contractors resurfaced or repaired more than 200 miles of road in the year to April, which is almost as much as driving twice around the orbital motorway. They also repaired more than 20 miles of footpath or pavement and updated two miles of drainage.
The work was carried out by contractors Kier – then known as May Gurney – and came ahead of the county council’s new £100 million programme, which was launched in April this year to tackle the root cause of potholes through major resurfacing of roads.
Known as Operation Horizon, the programme will see more than 300 miles of road most in need of improvement torn up and in many cases rebuilt from scratch over the next five years. Once completed, these roads will have a 10-year repair-free guarantee – or the contractor pays the cost.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “More than 200 miles of road resurfacing and repairs is excellent work, but prevention is better than cure. That is why we are investing £100 million so more than 300 miles of our roads that need improving the most get completely overhauled.
“This means repairs are needed less often and there are fewer delays, which also gets Surrey’s traffic and our economy moving. Later this year, our new roadworks permit scheme will reduce road delays even further by forcing utility companies to work in tandem with each other and council contractors whenever possible.”