Tell us what you think about the roads
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Lancashire County Council is inviting residents to give feedback on their highways service via an online survey.
The council's highways team has made marked improvements in the service this year, as well as reducing the impact of their work on the environment. This is despite working through the Coronavirus pandemic, with some staff diverted to other urgent work as a result.
Since 1 January 2020, Lancashire County Council's highways service has:
- Fixed almost 40,000 potholes, a 28% increase on the same period last year.
- Installed 20,800 new Salix LED lanterns on streetlights. These will help the county council to reduce its energy consumption by £1m a year.
- Repaired 3,300 faults on street lights that have caused a light to be out.
- Recycled 19,000 tonnes of waste asphalt while resurfacing Lancashire's roads. At 20 tonnes per wagon load that’s 900 loads diverted from landfill and 1,800 return journeys eliminated.
- Saved 1,139 tonnes of CO2 by introducing a deep in situ recycling process and shifting to warm mix asphalt. This equates to a saving of almost three million miles of CO2 produced by a standard family car.
- Assisted in setting up NHS Coronavirus testing and temporary mortuary facilities at Warton and Leyland, as well as delivering PPE equipment to key workers.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "2020 has been a challenging year for us all, but our highways team has been working incredibly hard throughout to improve our roads, as well as helping with the Covid-19 effort. Reflecting on what has been a difficult year for everyone due to the pandemic, our teams have achieved a great deal, particularly in dealing with the extra damage on the roads caused by wet, stormy weather earlier in the year.
"We have been supplementing our existing techniques to fix potholes with new, innovative methods such as mechanical patching, heated repairs and jet patching. This has helped us to increase the efficiency of our service and fix even more potholes this year. We have also been striving to reduce our carbon footprint across our work, including changing to LED street lighting and recycling material that would once have gone to waste while improving road surfaces.
"I'd like to thank the team for working so hard this year in continuing to deliver an excellent service to our residents, despite these extra pressures. We are always keen to get feedback on our service to improve even further, so if you haven't done so yet, please complete our online highways survey before the end of February and let us know what you think."
The council is asking as many people as possible to complete an online highways survey to rate the county's roads.
The national highways survey results are used to help plan and prioritise future work.
Find out more about how the team are working hard to improve Lancashire's roads and complete the survey.
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