State Of Suffolk Roads: Ipswich Potholes

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  1. dan5

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    Only last week was I talking to someone about how bad the roads are in Suffolk. From the A14 to Ipswich road network. You cannot really blame it on cold or extreme weather. Suffolk County Council is responsible for Ipswich roads apart from trunk roads around the town (responsibility of Highways England). Today the Ipswich Star is running a story about a Smart councillor who reported cases of potholes in Sprites Ward pun intended - 66 photos in his dossier.

    The Labour big-headed borough councillor who hasn't notice the problems in the roads for the entire year he had been elected, yet after an ongoing spat with the Conservative run county council, which had recently re-ignited between the councils after a long period of alleged calm under Ipswich Vision as a consequence to an Labour MP displacing Tory boy Ben Gummer... he thought it would be newsworthy of a political stunt that Ipswich Star is only too happy to run with it. Mr Ipswich stop train spotting long enough and also went hunting for potholes to photograph!

    Some are slight degradation of the road surface, others are craters... and they want people to cycle!

    A Google Search returned an article from The Sun claiming a "pothole plague" (really..? wtf?) claiming 100,000 reported potholes go unfilled across the UK. (Warning has a lot of NSFW content in the sidebar) It has some interesting data, estimated pothole damage costing £730m a year (or £110 for each motorist)

    Feel free to claim compensation from the council if affected. They will try to get out of it under Section 58 of the Highways Act 1980. Report a pothole - GOV.UK

    On FillThatHole.org.uk Suffolk County Council is rated 78 out of Highway Agencies in fixing potholes.

    1094 hazards are outstanding as of time of this post.

    Will upload photos of potholes if I find any (most reports without images)... will try google!
     

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    two potholes on my way into town, I have had to drive around for weeks, to avoid car damage,

    both have been marked up before but its worn off, both marked again this morning, and I got a message about 1 of them to say it will be fixed within 20 days!
     
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    I assume you hadn't decided to go off road: cross country or down very small residential streets to get into town... 20 days is ridiculous. It is "within" so could be fixed within a day for example, however, we know they take ages to take it seriously and repair anything.

    Even in Bury St Edmunds who take more pride in their town than the clowns running our town do, have similar struggles with Kier run Suffolk Highways. Why can't the public sector run the road maintenance again?!
     
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    actually the one they have responded about is not the worst one, which is a potential sink hole at bottom of Christchurch Street, slowly getting bigger !!!


    WOODBRIDGE ROAD, IPSWICH

    Date reported: 08/09/2017

    Description: pot hole several inches deep and about 12 inches across. This has been spray marked before, many weeks ago, but nothing was done, spray now worn off.

    Following your recent report, we are pleased to confirm that work will be carried out to rectify the issue that you raised with us within approximately 20 working days.

    Please note that this is subject to weather conditions and Suffolk Highways being able to gain the necessary access to carry out any work (as parked vehicles, traffic conditions and other local issues can sometimes prevent this).

    To find out more about the criteria we use when deciding how to deal with highways defects, visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/highwayrepaircriteria
     
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    This might annoy you... Ipswich Star - Special effort to repair potholes on Suffolk’s Tour of Britain route

    Cyclists don't pay road tax or fuel duty... yet road a priority for fixing... £800k+ :mad:
     
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    we've driven across France a few times, and best bits of road have always been those the Tour de France has been on that year, in fact worth seeking out,
     
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    Well, that is most surely logical. Both for safety and too easy to get a puncture otherwise... but we are talking about insignificant parts of Suffolk here. Unfortunately the map which was originally shown has been replaced now with the Stage Map.

    I still think it is difficult to justify the £800k spent when there are much busier roads in the county town in a very poor state. It probably wouldn't have been too difficult to just change the route to avoid the worse areas, but either way, if they can find the money and priority for such a route then it should be matched for other roads.

    This has swallowed up a big chunk of the £2.9m given by the government for sorting potholes in Suffolk.
     
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    so the one the sent me the acknowledgement about has now been repaired! Progress.... Perhaps we need an " I reported this problem and this is what's happened" forum.... !
     

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