Potholes on London Road, Bushey

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Dear Hertfordshire County Council,

There are a number of very large potholes on London Road, which have been reported on your portal. No action is being taken as the holes are considered to be low priority.

1) Please can you publish the reasons that these potholes are low priority?

2) Are you aware that the potholes are now regularly causing vehicles to swerve and there have been a number of near misses?

3) Are you aware these potholes have now been reported in the Watford Observer as a risk to the lives of pedestrians? (https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/1...)

4) Have you carried out an investigation into the quality of the resurfacing carried out by Ringway? Many potholes appeared on this road soon after it was fully resurfaced, and an inspection of the potholes shows that the road surface is not adhering to the substrate, and that the surface is of insufficient depth.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Ellis

Information Governance, Hertfordshire County Council

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Dear Brian Ellis

 

 

Reference number: EIR/ENV/11/19/16976

 

Thank you for your correspondence of the 11^th February 2019  requesting
the following information:

 

There are a number of very large potholes on London Road, which have been
reported on your portal.  No action is being taken as the holes are
considered to be low priority.

 

1) Please can you publish the reasons that these potholes are low
priority?

 

2) Are you aware that the potholes are now regularly causing vehicles to
swerve and there have been a number of near misses?

 

3) Are you aware these potholes have now been reported in the Watford
Observer as a risk to the lives of pedestrians?
(https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/1...)

 

4) Have you carried out an investigation into the quality of the
resurfacing carried out by Ringway?  Many potholes appeared on this road
soon after it was fully resurfaced, and an inspection of the potholes
shows that the road surface is not adhering to the substrate, and that the
surface is of insufficient depth.

 

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.  We will respond to your request as quickly
as possible, and by close of 8^th March 2019 at the latest.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Victoria Hooper

Information Access Team

Hertfordshire County Council

Room 216a, Postal Point CHN 320

County Hall,

Hertford,

SG13 8DQ

01992 555848 (25848) 

 

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Dear Brian Ellis

 

Reference number: EIR/ENV/11/19/16976

 

On 11^th February  2018 Hertfordshire County Council received the
following request for information from you:

 

There are a number of very large potholes on London Road, which have been
reported on your portal.  No action is being taken as the holes are
considered to be low priority.

 

1) Please can you publish the reasons that these potholes are low
priority?

 

2) Are you aware that the potholes are now regularly causing vehicles to
swerve and there have been a number of near misses?

 

3) Are you aware these potholes have now been reported in the Watford
Observer as a risk to the lives of pedestrians?
(https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/1...)

 

4) Have you carried out an investigation into the quality of the
resurfacing carried out by Ringway?  Many potholes appeared on this road
soon after it was fully resurfaced, and an inspection of the potholes
shows that the road surface is not adhering to the substrate, and that the
surface is of insufficient depth.

 

 

I would like to apologise for the delay with this response and any
inconvenience this may have caused.

Your request for information has been considered under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004. I can confirm that Hertfordshire County
Council does hold the information you have requested and can respond as
follows:

 

 

Please can you publish the reasons that these potholes are low priority?

Ringway follow the HCC Defect Management Approach which specifies the
dimensions of a carriageway defect for it to be considered as a Category 1
(urgent) defect. These dimensions are known as the intervention levels.

 

The defect intervention level criteria is below;

 

o The criteria and time periods for the repair of potholes is dependent
on the classification of the highway (whether it is an A, B, C or
unclassified road) and the size of the pothole.

For A roads:-

o   Potholes with depth greater than 50 mm (with the exception of potholes
in a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e.
40 mm or of unknown depth) and length or width greater than 300mm (or of
unknown width) are repaired within 5 working days with permanent (hot)
repair materials

o   Potholes with depth greater than 50 mm (with the exception of potholes
in a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e.
40 mm or of unknown depth) and length or width less than 300mm are
repaired within 20 working days with permanent (hot) repair materials;

o   Potholes with depth less than 50mm (with the exception of potholes in
a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e. 40
mm) and length or width less than 300mm are referred to Highways as a
significant defect to assess, decide and prioritise for permanent repair.

For B & C roads:-

o   Potholes with depth greater than 50mm (with the exception of potholes
in a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e.
40 mm or of unknown depth) and length or width greater than 300mm (or of
unknown width) are repaired within 5 working days with permanent (hot)
repair materials

o   Potholes with depth greater than 50mm (with the exception of potholes
in a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e.
40 mm or of unknown depth) and length or width less than 300mm are
repaired within  20 working days (subject to route aspect - namely
straight, curve or bend - and the position within the road - namely edge,
centre, across road or in wheel tracks - with permanent (hot) repair
materials;

o   Potholes with depth less than 50mm (with the exception of potholes in
a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e. 40
mm) and length or width less than 300mm are referred to Highways as a
significant defect to assess, decide and prioritise for permanent repair.

For Unclassified roads:-

o   Potholes with depth greater than 50mm (with the exception of potholes
in a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e.
40 mm or of unknown depth) and length or width greater than 300mm (or of
unknown width) are repaired within 20 working days with permanent (hot)
repair materials;

o   Potholes with depth greater than 50mm (with the exception of potholes
in a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e.
40 mm or of unknown depth) and length or width less than 300mm are
repaired within 20 working days with permanent (hot) repair materials;

o   Potholes with depth less than 50mm (with the exception of potholes in
a marked cycleway where the intervention level will be unchanged i.e. 40
mm) and length or width less than 300mm are referred to Highways as a
significant defect to assess, decide and prioritise for permanent repair.

 

 

You can read about how we prioritise fault repairs in the link below,
which is published on the Highways pages of our website
Hertfordshire.gov.uk.
[1]https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/service...

 

In the case of London Road, Bushey we are aware that the carriageway is
suffering delamination where the wearing course of the carriageway is
breaking up, however, as the base course below is generally intact and the
potholes are under 50 mm in depth, in line with HCC guidance, these
defects are considered a low priority.

 

 

Are you aware that the potholes are now regularly causing vehicles to
swerve and there have been a number of near misses?

Hertfordshire Highways and Ringway hold no information concerning this.

 

 

Are you aware these potholes have now been reported in the Watford
Observer as a risk to the lives of pedestrians?
([2]https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/1...)

Hertfordshire Highways and Ringway hold no information concerning this.

 

 

Have you carried out an investigation into the quality of the resurfacing
carried out by Ringway?  Many potholes appeared on this road soon after it
was fully resurfaced, and an inspection of the potholes shows that the
road surface is not adhering to the substrate, and that the surface is of
insufficient depth.

Hertfordshire Highways and Ringway have not carried out any resurfacing of
this road other than localised pothole repair.

 

 

Code of Practice;

 

o Hertfordshire is aware of the code of practice 'Well Maintained
Highways'.  Like most UK highway authorities, some of our standards
and procedures are taken from or are based upon the various codes of
practice whilst others are locally developed to better suit our needs
and priorities. It is therefore not possible to give a general answer
to this question except to say that we have not formally adopted it in
its entirety.

 

For more information on the management and maintenance of Hertfordshire’s
road network, please visit:

 

[3]https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/media-l...

 

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Your sincerely

 

 

 

Victoria Hooper

Information Access Team

Hertfordshire County Council

Room 216a, Postal Point CHN 320

County Hall,

Hertford,

SG13 8DQ

01992 555848 (25848) 

 

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