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Lancashire County Council wants opinions on Preston and South Ribble roads

Posted on - 28th December, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Roads, South Ribble News
Pothole reported in Cop Lane, Penwortham, in late February Pic: FixMyStreet
Pothole reported in Cop Lane, Penwortham, in late February Pic: FixMyStreet

Lancashire County Council is inviting residents to rate the county’s roads via an online survey.

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The national highways survey results are used to help plan and prioritise future work.

The council says its highways team has made improvements in service and reduced its impact on the environment this year, despite Covid-19.

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During 2020, Lancashire County Council’s highways service has:

  • Fixed almost 40,000 potholes, a 28 per cent 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

Read more: Temporary mortuary being built in Leyland after rise in Covid-19 cases

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.

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“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.”

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To complete the survey, visit the Lancashire County Council website.

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