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THE NUMBER of potholes in Dundee has gone down while those permanently fixed at the first time of asking has risen according to a new report.

Councillors will be told that in 2015/16 12,326 were filled in, 5,088 of these with a first time permanent fix.

Will Dawson, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “Potholes are always a high profile element of the repair work on our roads network and they tell drivers a lot about the state of the carriageway.

“Increased investment in more first time permanent repairs and greater concentration on managing the road surface has created this positive trend that we are aiming to maintain in future years.”

The report which will be considered by the city development committee on Monday (March 27) indicates that the number of potholes on city roads peaked in 2013/2014 with a total of 26,638 reported.

In 2015/16, the period covered by the latest Roads Maintenance Partnership Performance report pothole numbers were down 46% compared with the peak level set 24 months before. The reduction is in part due to milder, wetter winters but also the benefits of increased investment in the roads network in previous years.

Roads in Dundee are maintained jointly by Dundee City Council and Tayside Contracts as the Roads Maintenance Partnership.

Its work is monitored and compared with national standards and based on 77 key performance indicators.

In 2015 the Roads Maintenance Partnership was continued for another three years, with it now due for renewal in March 2018.

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