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Pothole patching continues as Herts County Council gears up for winter

Bishop's Stortford's roads and those elsewhere in Hertfordshire are being prepared for the worst of the winter with a programme of patching and resurfacing.

After harsh weather last year, when routes were badly affected by repeated freezing, the county council's highways team have fixed almost 24,000 potholes so far this year.

By the end of October, contractors had:

• Fixed 23,802 potholes;

• Jet-patched 36,000 sq m of road to fix smaller problems and prevent potholes forming;

• Given 1,000 sections of road a new surface.

More maintenance and repair work was being carried out during November and December.

Cllr Phil Bibby, Herts County Council's cabinet member for highways, said: "We know that the state of the county's roads really matters to our residents, and this work will improve road surfaces and help stop potholes forming if we get freezing weather again this winter.

"Our engineers and contractors have done a great job fixing potholes since last winter, but the priority for us is to prevent them forming in the first place.

"We're investing nearly £40m in maintaining and improving our highways network this financial year, and while we can't do everything, this preventative work, along with other resurfacing and the regular repairs we do, will make a real difference to the condition of roads across the county."

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