Government enlists Uber and Deliveroo to identify ‘pothole hot-spots’
The Government has launched a new crackdown on potholes, using mapping data from delivery companies including Uber and Tesco to help identify repair hot-spots.
Implemented ahead of the schools going back next week, the ‘first-of-its-kind’ review will drive forward work to make roads safer for cyclists and motorists.
The Department for Transport will work with Gaist, a highway data and mapping company, businesses such as Deliveroo, Uber, Tesco and Ocado, alongside local highway authorities to identify the pothole hot-spots.
It follows the announcement in the March Budget of £2.5bn in funding for pothole repairs and comes as new data reveals that highway maintenance works undertaken in the past months when roads were quieter during lockdown has led to 319 miles of resurfacing.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “I want our roads to be as safe as possible, so during the lockdown we’ve resurfaced hundreds of miles of road. But now I want to go further by identifying critical potholes and ensuring these are fixed as quickly as possible.
“We’re teaming up with delivery companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5bn to pothole repair fund.
“Better road surfaces benefit motorists and cyclists alike ensuring the back to school and work environment is safer for everyone.”