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Next phase of city-wide pot hole repair programme begins with £4m investment

The £100m investment to improve Manchester‘s highways has moved to its next phase and will continue to repair pot holes in roads and pavements.

This phase – part of the Minor Highways Maintenance programme – will focus on repairing pot holes (Small Patch repairs) on roads and pavements in all 32 of the city’s wards.

The £4m programme will see 14,200 potholes repaired – roughly 29,000sqm of highway – through to spring 2019. 

Already this year we have repaired 5,400sqm of highway across the city. 

The repair work will be concentrated in different areas of the city at different times, to minimise disruption to residents and motorists. 

This phase of work – which has now started in the Moston Ward – follows almost a year of wide scale and on-going highway maintenance works.

The works will consist of removing the existing pothole, carrying out preparatory works, before laying a new permanent surface material.

As the programme nears final completion in the Moston ward, additional repair teams will then move their focus to the Rusholme, Piccadilly, Higher Blackley and Sharston initially before moving across the city.

The City Council’s £100m highways improvement programme details different levels of repair work depending on the road’s requirement. In some cases roads will be resurfaced completely, while other areas will see the existing road surface treated with targeted repairs.

Cllr Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “High quality roads are one of our residents’ top priorities and we are working hard to ensure our £100m investment is targeted properly to improve the highways.

“This next phase will focus on the more minor potholes across the city – and although smaller, no less important to get right. This a huge project and one that is vital to keep Manchester moving.”


£100m Highways Investment Programme - £80m is being devoted to a comprehensive, five-year resurfacing programme.  A further £20m of funding is being used to support associated transport schemes, which will help to create economic growth and world-class connections in line with the aims of the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 - see

Recent work by the City Council’s highways team includes:

  • This year the service delivered £6m worth of resurfacing, £6m of micro-asphalting, £1m large patch repairs and £2m footway reconstruction and resurfacing.
  • Around 320,000 square metres of asphalt were laid as part of our resurfacing programme
  • Resurfaced 103 roads
  • Fixed 1300 pot holes per month
  • More than a thousand penalty charge notices were issued by CCTV cars to drivers whose parking was illegal and/or unsafe near the city's schools 
  • Over 41,962 hours have been invested by our officers in patrolling and enforcing areas outside the city centre in the past year.
  • Almost a thousand untaxed and abandoned vehicles left on Manchester streets were identified and removed last year
  • In 2017/18 Public Realm recovered around £19,000 from events organisers for damage caused by events, contractors, delivery vehicles etc.
  • Over the past year we have provided cycle training for more than 4000 children, helping to reduce car use and air pollution around schools.
  • Our 220 CCTV cameras operated 24/7 across the city helping to detect and deter crime and keep us safe.


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