Road teams turn attention to potholes

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Highways crews are now ‘focusing their attention’ on fixing potholes caused by the cold weather, the highways chief has said.

After a week of severely cold weather, including periods of heavy snow and freezing conditions, many roads across the area have been left badly damaged and eroded in places.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Northampton county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “Three years ago the county council started a more proactive approach to repairing the roads – taking more time to do longer-lasting semi-permanent repairs rather than doing quick, temporary ones.

“This has gone a considerable way to making the road network more resilient to winter weather but even so the recent conditions will have had an effect in some areas.

“Our maintenance crews have been working around the clock, clearing highways and footpaths of ice and snow during the cold weather.

“However with the current thaw conditions, highways crews will be able to focus their attention on assessing any damage to the roads and addressing it.”