Mobile working for councils: pity the potholes

In Dorset, mobile working technology is making it easier for councils to keep their roads in good condition. Land Mobile has the details

Potholes seem to be never far from the news these days – and it’s not surprising, given their number. According to, in 2017/18 more than 905,000 potholes were reported on UK roads. In addition, thanks to the rise of social media, photos of the more eye-catching or vexing ones are often shared on local Facebook groups, often accompanied by memes of people being submerged up to their necks in them.

On a more serious note, a House of Commons Transport Committee report – ‘Local roads funding and maintenance: filling the gap’ – perhaps somewhat obviously, given its title, says “the key issue is funding – there is not enough of it and what there is, is not allocated efficiently or effectively”. A similar point was made recently by the Local Government Association, which states that the amount of money councils have been able to spend on routine road maintenance fell from £1.1bn in 2009/10 to around £701m in 2017/18 – a 37 per cent reduction – and that the missing funds could have covered the cost of repairing 7.8 million potholes.

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