Workers from Wigan Council’s highways team are out assessing the borough’s roads following Storm Christoph.
Heavy rainfall can have an adverse impact on roads and inevitably lead to an increase in road defects. In response, the highways team has already started carrying out immediate repairs while scheduling future improvement works.
Storm Cristoph and the extremely cold weather over the Christmas period have tested many frontline services within the council but our highways teams are continuing to respond to defects on the borough’s roads.
The council will be carrying out an inspection of all of the main roads to try and minimise the impact to businesses and residents who need to undertake essential journeys
Councillor Paul Prescott, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for planning, environmental services and transport, said: “The past two months have presented some of the worst weather we have seen in the borough for years with teams having to work around the clock especially this month when Storm Cristoph hit. This is on top of a pandemic in which teams are having to be juggled about to cope with absences or redeployment.
“We understand how important a reliable road network is for residents and businesses, that is why our highway teams will be undertaking a thorough inspection of the main roads to deal with any potholes that have already appeared and to develop our planned maintenance programme.”
In the last year, residents have reported just over 900 potholes via the ReportIt App and highways teams have in turn managed to complete a total of 2,434 minor carriageway minor repairs Since the start of April 2020, highway teams have undertaken 65 resurfacing schemes equating to 29.7km of carriageway, while 125 carriageway preventative schemes have been carried out and this amounts to 25.2km of road across the borough.
Notable improvements works have been at Bolton Road/Lily Lane in Abram, Greenhough Street and down Wallgate in Wigan, Smallbrook Lane in Hindley and Manchester Road/Sale Lane in Tyldesley.
The council is responsible for maintaining 1,072km of carriageways, 1,740km of footways and highway safety inspectors carry out around 7,000km of planned safety inspections per year. This work has been alongside their response to a number of significant flooding and severe weather events and the winter work programme, which is well under way with gritters on standby 24/7 and grit bins filled.
In 2019, the Leader of Wigan Council reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the borough’s roads are fit for the future when he announced an extra £3.3m would be invested into repairing the roads, topping up the £5.1m received in government capital funding.
If residents want to report a highway defect, such as a pothole, then this can be done on-line via the Report It app, visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/reportit
The full list of repair schemes and the progress on delivery can accessed by residents using the following link: https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Docs/PDF/Resident/Parking-Roads-Travel/Highway-Maintenance-Schedule-2019-2021.pdf.