Google Street-style software being used for Surrey roadworks

John Furey: Putting £3m into roads

John Furey: Putting £3m into roads

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Taxpayers will save hundreds of thousands of pounds as Surrey becomes the first county to roll out a Google Street style software to speed up road improvements.

The software is expected to save Surrey County Council at least £100,000 and thousands of man-hours a year because highways teams will be able to view zoomable pictures of roads overlaid with detailed information on the state of the roads.

The council said the roll-out of the software will mean faster decisions on where work needs to be done.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: "This year we ploughed £3m saved on our roads budget back into doing repairs, and this software means we’ll continue to give value for money while improving Surrey’s roads."

The software is expected to be introduced this autumn.

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12:51pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Red_Rock says...

It's all nonsense. You report potholes to the council and they come and fix them. Then a few weeks later the repair has deteriorated and you have to report them again and so the cycle continues. This software will not properly fix potholes which is the real problem.
It's all nonsense. You report potholes to the council and they come and fix them. Then a few weeks later the repair has deteriorated and you have to report them again and so the cycle continues. This software will not properly fix potholes which is the real problem. Red_Rock
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2:33pm Mon 11 Aug 14

EwellMan says...

The Council suffers from what a lot of companies do and thats communications. They have hundreds if not thousands of employees that either work on the road or travel to and from an office. Surely these people are the ones that should be reporting all the pot holes they come across - Refuse People, Meals on Wheels people, road sweepers, planning officers......to name a few.

They also need to invest in people or 3rd parties that know how to repair and not bodge and also when visiting a pothole look around them, is there another one nearby that they can fix whilst at that location.

There are areas of Ewell where the Kerbs are damaged weekly, the council comes out and fixes only for a van or lorry to damage again. No thought to spending a little more and create somthing to prevent like higher kerbs or concrete/iron posts on the corner to stop the issue and monthly visits.

The real issue is that councils need to work smarter with longer term views rather than that short term tax wasting fixes. Also better contracts with 3rd parties ensuring better warranty periods for their work.
The Council suffers from what a lot of companies do and thats communications. They have hundreds if not thousands of employees that either work on the road or travel to and from an office. Surely these people are the ones that should be reporting all the pot holes they come across - Refuse People, Meals on Wheels people, road sweepers, planning officers......to name a few. They also need to invest in people or 3rd parties that know how to repair and not bodge and also when visiting a pothole look around them, is there another one nearby that they can fix whilst at that location. There are areas of Ewell where the Kerbs are damaged weekly, the council comes out and fixes only for a van or lorry to damage again. No thought to spending a little more and create somthing to prevent like higher kerbs or concrete/iron posts on the corner to stop the issue and monthly visits. The real issue is that councils need to work smarter with longer term views rather than that short term tax wasting fixes. Also better contracts with 3rd parties ensuring better warranty periods for their work. EwellMan
  • Score: 4

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