68% of Highway Contractors think their employers need more funding for pothole repairs

A recent study of Highway Contractors across the UK, has found that 68% of those surveyed think their employers need more funding for pothole repairs – and this was not the only unsettling statistic National Pothole Day uncovered.

National Pothole Day has surveyed Highway Contractors up and down the country to understand how inferior materials and lack of funding has impacted on the country’s pothole crisis.

Seeing potholes on our daily commute has become commonplace. Road users are sick and tired of trying to dodge potholes to avoid causing costly damage to their vehicle or bicycle. It is easy to blame the contractors working on our roads for poor quality repairs, but is that fair?

As part of their 2021 campaign, National Pothole Day surveyed over 50 Highway Contracting firms to truly understand what changes they feel need to be made to make a real difference to the pothole crisis.

Worryingly, National Pothole Day found 22% of Highway Contractors list inferior materials as their greatest concern when repairing potholes – a statistic that may explain why 6% of pothole repairs are revisited on a weekly basis by contractors.

Despite the additional funding for pothole repairs released last year, with statistics like these, it is clear that the pothole crisis isn’t going away any time soon. The question then emerges, how do we help Highway Contractors to select the best materials for first time permanent pothole repairs to try and overhaul the country’s crumbling road network once and for all?

UltraCrete, proud sponsor of National Pothole Day, have been researching and manufacturing pothole repair materials for over 40 years. They have established strong relationships over the past four decades with Local Authorities and Highway Contractors across the country to develop a suite of first time permanent pothole repair materials.

UltraCrete’s Technical and Site Support Team also carry out regular training with contractors to educate operatives on the best way to apply their materials to guarantee a first time permanent repair.

For more information on National Pothole Day and the results of their survey, please follow #NoMorePotholesUK on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For further information on UltraCrete and their range of approved first time permanent pothole repair materials, please contact the UltraCrete team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254451, emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visiting ultracrete.co.uk.

Stuart Mann

“We were very pleased with the results and will continue to use Surface Defect Repair across  the network”.

Highways Deport Manager at Northamptonshire County Council

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