Let’s talk about potholes!


We know that potholes are more than just a nuisance and can cause real safety issues, and we are doing our best to stay on top of repair and keep Nottingham moving.

At Nottingham City Council we look after 780km of road, which if laid out would take you all the way to Frankfurt, so that’s a lot of road to inspect! Here’s a few of your questions answered…

Does the cold weather affect the roads?

Since the recent Beast from the East we have seen an increase in the number of pothole reports. Cold weather can have a detrimental impact on the condition of the road due to the cycle of freezing and thawing.

How are the roads maintained?

Nottingham’s Highways team do regular inspections on all the roads in the city to check for problems. All roads are driven and walked regularly by inspectors. Our inspectors look for potholes and surface wear as well as assessing which roads need to be added to the annual road surface maintenance plan.

But sometimes if there are parked cars or other obstacles, we do miss issues on the road, so we also rely on reports from citizens. All reports are looked at and works are prioritised according to severity of the issue. If we don’t act on an issue this could mean that it does not yet cause concerns, but it will be logged and regularly review to see if the issue gets worse, to stop this becoming a safety risk.

On 26 March 2018 we received £242,000 from the Department for Transport to help fund pot hole repair and improve journeys.

How can I report an issue?

You can report highway defects such as potholes to us either online or by calling 0115 915 2100.

We ask that you provide as much detail about the location as possible i.e. local landmark, junction etc. so we can send our inspectors out to have a look at the problem.

Please bear with us – we are working as fast as we can.