Action promised on city’s potholes blight

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Council chiefs in Glasgow are planning a blitz on the city’s notorious “tank trap” potholes problem.

An extra £8m has been allocated to repairs targeting at least 20,000 potholes.

The authority has also said it will resurface more than 200 residential streets and 30 miles of pavements, in addition to carrying out permanent patch repairs.

Council leader Frank McAveety said: “Glaswegians have every right to expect good roads and pavements - and I want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to deliver the big investment required to match their expectations.

The authority said it is usually allocated a small amount of Government revenue to maintain roads, pavements and lighting.

But it has used capital investment to bolster its road repairs programme and committed £8m to tackle defects in the current financial year.

The fresh cash injection takes this year’s extra spending to £16m. Officers have carried out consultation with the public, community councils and elected members to prioritise projects across the city.

Engineers are also studying safety reports, public complaints and previous compensation claims, plus reports from bus and taxi drivers to target areas where spending will have the maximum impact.

The £16m capital investment during 2016-17 includes £6.25m on road surface treatments, £4m on road patching, £3.5m on road resurfacing, £1.25m on footways and £1m on road lining.