Every pothole reported to Wolverhampton City Council in the last year was repaired by the end of the next working day.

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The council has revealed that it received notification of 3,328 potholes between April 2013 and February 2014, all of which were inspected and given either a permanent or interim repair by the end of the next working day.

The details are released in a new weekly pothole report, which has been launched to reassure drivers that the council is committed to taking action to tackle the scourge of the modern motorist.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: "Wolverhampton City Council is very proactive when it comes to repairing defects in the city's roads.

"Potholes are a major consternation for motorists and I'm proud that, not only is the council demonstrating that it is dealing with the issue promptly, it is also dedicated to fixing the problem first time wherever possible.

"Repairing potholes properly at the first opportunity, rather than doing an interim repair and then going back later to fix it properly, is very important as it means the council only needs to do it once.

"This not only saves taxpayers' money, but also means the council can cut the amount of time it spends repairing Wolverhampton's roads which reduces disruption to motorists, too.

"Of the potholes reported to us last year, 95% were given a permanent repair first time. The only time the council is unable to do a permanent repair first time is if it needs to put in temporary traffic lights or has to close a road to enable the work to take place - in which case it carries out an interim repair and makes arrangements to return to finish the job within 28 days."

Anyone who spots a pothole should please report it via City Direct on 01902 551155 or by emailing city.direct@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Meanwhile, the finishing touches are being put to a new app which people can use to report potholes. Councillor Reynolds added: "I'm pleased to announce that we are currently testing a new app which will make it even easier for people to report potholes to the council, and we hope to be able to launch it in the next few weeks."

  • released: Monday 7 April, 2014