Council to grade pothole risk

Pothole repairs in the West Midlands could take a lot longer under new highway maintenance plans in Walsall.

Walsall Council is considering a new three-year strategy which grades potholes in terms of risk.

Temporary repairs would still be carried out within an hour if there was a risk to life, but it could be up to six months before others are repaired.

Under the council’s current scheme potholes are repaired within 24 hours of being reported.

A spokesman for the authority said all category one road defects, which include gully grates being stolen and potholes near major junctions, would continue to be dealt with within 24 hours under the plans.

He added “permanent” and “cost-effective repairs” would be carried out to those in category two, deemed to be of medium or low risk, but admitted that could mean waiting five days or even six months.

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