In 2018 additional funds were allocated to local authorities as follows:
- Local transport capital block funding (Flood Resilience Fund)
The Secretary of State for Transport announced on Monday 26th March 2018 that a further £100m of funding was being provided to help repair potholes and to protect local roads from severe weather. Telford & Wrekin Council received an additional allocation of £347,983, from the pothole and flood resilience funding in March and April 2019.
- Local transport capital funding 2018/19 financial year
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Budget 2018, that the Government was allocating a further £420 million in the 2018/19 financial year for local highways maintenance, including the repair of potholes, to keep local bridges and structures open and safe, as well as to help aid other minor highway works that may be needed. This new capital funding represented a significant extra investment in road maintenance and is on top of the funding already allocated to highway authorities in 2018/19. Telford & Wrekin Council received an additional allocation of £1,530,000 in November 2018.
The total additional funding received was £1,877,983.
Telford & Wrekin Council used this additional funding to target repairs to the most deteriorated sections of carriageway across the borough using a variety or approaches. A number of innovative methods were used and the funding was used for reactive, proactive and planned works.
Spray Injection patching - £115,057
Spray Injection patching is an innovative repair method used on the rural network in Telford. Suitable sites are identified by highways inspectors in August and February and a programme of repairs are planned in September and March. The machine uses high pressure air to clean potholes, then sprays a combination of bitumen and stone to fill the potholes.
View further information about this process on YouTube.
A total of 1,286 potholes were repaired using this process.
Thermal Repair System - £122,988
To supplement the work of our existing pothole repair gangs, an additional resource was commissioned to carry out permanent pothole repairs on the urban network between May and October. The thermal repair system is an innovative machine that uses an infra-red heater to warm the road prior so that operatives can make in situ repairs using the existing tarmac along with small amounts of additional tarmac and bitumen.
View further information about this process on Vimeo website.
A total of 1,581 potholes were repaired using this process.
Masterscreed and Ironmaster - £93,555
Works were carried out on:
- B4394 near Walcot
- A41 Stafford Road Roundabout
- A41/A518 Roundabout
- A518 Chetwynd Aston Roundabout
- A41 Chester Road.
A total of 1,100 m2 of road was overlaid and 40 gullies were replaced.
Rejuvo - £116,980
Rejuvo surface treatments are a proprietary surface treatment used as a proactive repair for local roads. The treatment is used primarily on housing estates where there is low traffic volumes. The repair involves an overlay of cold micro asphalt which is targeted on areas of road where the road surface is deteriorating but is still structurally sound. The following sites were treated:
|Location||Description of work||SQM EJUVO|
|Dulwich Grange, Bratton||Rejuvophalt||£685.98|
|Sunnymead, Sutton Hill||Rejuvophalt||£1140.65|
|Coalport Road, Madeley||Rejuvophalt||£2182.73|
|Avenue Road South, Newport||Rejuvophalt||£987.42|
|Avenue Road, Newport||Rejuvopatch||£162|
|Townsend Croft, Donnington||Rejuvophalt||£1050|
|Harley Close, Dothill||Rejuvophalt||£1465.7|
|Coppice Drive, High Ercall||Rejuvophalt||£2821.24|
|Oakfield Road, Shawbirch||Rejuvopatch||£191.74|
|Span Meadow, Shawbirch||Rejuvopatch||£93.31|
A total of 12,300 m2 of road was overlaid
Reactive works strategy winter 2018/2019
Following a review of pothole performance the following strategy was implemented from January 2019. This will enabled Telford & Wrekin Council to be more reactive, with better resources, whilst ensuring a better quality of repair.
It has been identified that permanent patch repairs during the winter months do not have longevity due to the incorrect temperature of material being laid from a cold vehicle. It is recognised that small permanent patches at 1 m2 for example, especially those identified for a 24-hour repair, were particularly inefficient and not cost effective.
2018/19 Strategy – overview
In order to increase both efficiency and longevity whilst controlling costs the following actions were implemented:
- Two hot box gangs – These gangs addressed small-medium defect repairs, anything from 1 m2 to 20 m2. The use of the hotbox (a vehicle with a heated hopper to keep tarmac at the optimum temperature) ensured a better quality repair over the winter months.
- Reactive paving crew – This gang included larger items of plant such as a paver, roller and paver as well as more operatives. This gang was used 1-2 weeks every month and targeted larger areas of resurfacing and patching on a reactive basis. The gang carried out approximately 100 m2 of repairs per day.
- Inspectors will change the way in which they specify and order works. This will increase throughput, improve longevity and reduce costs. This revised approach will endeavour to ensure that all potholes are permanently repaired rather than filled with a bagged material, maintaining a ‘right first time’ approach. This will also be an added incentive for night work activities for locations such as dual carriageways, where the hotbox can be utilised to carry out a permanent repair.
2018/19 Strategy – details
Hot Box Gangs (Contractor) x2:
- Crew will comprise of 5 operatives, which includes Traffic Management.
- Capability to lay up to 2.5 tons of material per day, approximately 20m2.
Civils Gang (Contractor) x 1
- Crew will comprise of 2 operatives.
- Will be primarily reactive.
Reactive Paving Crew (Contractor) x 1
- Crew will comprise of planer, paver & operatives, which includes Traffic Management.
- Capability to lay up to 12 tons of material per day, approximately 100m2.
The proposed method of working above is a significant increase in resources typically planned during the winter period and is only achievable due to the additional funding granted by the Department for Transport. The Typical resources used during winter is two gangs with two operatives during January, three gangs with two operatives during February and four gangs with two operatives during March (so in total maximum of 8 operatives operating during March). The 18/19 winter model provided 12 operatives, better equipped, to operate January – March with an additional paving gang operating one-two weeks per month. The benefits of this approach were:
- ability to respond quickly to defects
- undertake larger patches, working in a better format reducing the likelihood of just ‘filling’ one pothole rather than patching a larger area or picking up a number of defects on a route
- increased Productivity
- better quality, therefore reducing the need to revisit.
- Hotbox Crews £207,000
Over the 18/19 winter the hotbox crews completed a total of 1,669 m2 hot ‘right first time’ repairs. A number of other emergency response and minor works jobs were completed by the civils gang.
- Paving Crew £169,542
Over the 18/19 winter the paving crew completed a total of 5,709 m2 repairs as follows:
|Barnes Wallis Drive||Apley||233|
|Cotwall Road||High Ercall||103|
|Urban Villas||St Georges||606|
|Plantation RD to B5062||Tibberton||172|
|Stackyard Ln to Cherrington Grange||Cherrington||172|
Major resurfacing works
During 2018/19 a number of larger planned schemes were funded by the additional grant funding. These are sites that have re-occurring defects which and are beyond proactive or reactive repairs methods. Investment in large scale resurfacing and reconstruction works was required to improve asset condition. The following sites and outputs were completed:
|A518, Garrison Roundabout||£226,338||3906||757|
|Bayley Road, Arleston||£68,712||136||2335|
|Brunel Road, Malinslee||£54,722||332||958|
|Church Road, Malinslee||£43,700||598||432|
|Mount Road, Malinslee||£76,581||1573||232|
|Holyhead Road, St Georges||£108,183||3121||388|
|Waterloo Road, Ketley||£140,627||3686||46|
|Grainger Drive, Leegomery||£13,045||1094|
|Leegate Avenue, Leegomery||£17,058||269|
|Broomfield Road, Newport||£35,768||841||766|
|Kingsway Crescent, Arleston||£54,377||1580|
|Lees Farm Dr, Madeley||£8,546||263|
|Southgate, Sutton Hill||£13,728||505|
|A442 Shawbirch to Boundary||£30,946||552|
|Stafford Park 6||£5,950||112|
|Tan bank, Wellington||£77,239||1350|
|Totals||£979,739||3,784 m2||14,118 m2||5,148 m2|
|Design and Testing||£73,581|
In summary the total spend was slightly over the original allocation of £1,877,983 but as a direct result of this investment over 4500 potholes were repaired and over 42,000 m2 of road surface were treated or replaced between April 2018 and March 2019.
|Winter Strategy||£207,000.00||1669 potholes|
|Spray Injection patching||£115,057.08||1286 potholes|
|Masterscreed and Ironmaster||£93,535.22||1100 m2 and 40 gullies|
|Thermal Repairs||£122,988.14||1581 potholes|
Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund
In October 2019, the Council has applied to the Department for Transport for funds to improve the A442 as part of this fund.
Last updated: 7.36pm on Wednesday 6 November 2019