Government invests in pothole spotter system

Government invests in pothole spotter system

Home / News | posted on 24 01 2017

Pothole identification technology mounted to refuse collection trucks is set to be deployed by two English local authorities after Government allocated funding for trials last week.

Thurrock Council and the City of York Council will each undertake one year trials of the innovative system, which aims to spot road surface problems before they become potholes. The announcement came on Friday when the Department for Transport set out how £1.2Bn of funding for road maintenance and improvement will be allocated across councils for the 2017 to 2018 financial year. Deploying the technology to refuse collection vehicles enables comprehensive, accurate and more frequent surveying of the network. City of York Council executive member for Transport and Planning Ian Gillies said "We welcome investment in this pioneering technology which will hopefully allow the council to reduce the amount of money spent fixing potholes each year by repairing road surface defects before they escalate into potholes".

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