Government to map out pothole hotspots

An audit into the mapping of potholes in England has been launched. The survey is to be helped by data from on-road businesses such as Uber and Deliveroo.

The Department for Transport will work with Gaist, a highway data and mapping company, businesses such as Deliveroo, Uber, Tesco and Ocado, alongside local highway authorities to identify ‘pothole hot-spots’.
Combining collated data on current potholes held by nation-wide businesses, and the most up-to-date bank of roads imagery in the country from Gaist, the Department hopes to paint the most comprehensive picture ever of where funding is most needed to target potholes.

The Government has already committed £2.5bn in funding for pothole repairs in the biggest nationwide programme ever announced. The launch of the review comes as new data reveals that highway maintenance works undertaken in the past months when roads were quieter during lockdown has led to 319 miles of resurfacing.

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