Potholes

Our highways crews are working hard to improve the quality of road surfaces and make road travel safer. We are doing this alongside our planned work to repair roads.

Report a pothole

We regularly check Kent's roads and pavements for potholes and other defects. When we find a problem we log it for repair. Busy routes are inspected frequently; quieter routes are inspected less often.

We need your help to identify potholes. You can do this by reporting them online. This will allow us to schedule repairs as quickly as possible.

Report a pothole

To report problems on motorways or trunk roads in Kent, contact Highways England.

Pothole blitz

We spent an extra £3million on pothole repairs in 2016, which includes £1.4million from the Government.

Over the summer of 2016, we fixed 1322 potholes across Kent, and completed 56,510 square metres of larger repairs (which can include multiple potholes).

How we repair potholes

We prioritise potholes according to how unsafe they're making the road. Not all potholes are a priority but we do aim to fix all that are identified.

We aim to repair potholes within 28 days, or 2 hours if it's an emergency.

We aim to make a permanent, quality repair by cutting out a small section of the road around the hole, clearing out the old material and filling it with new tarmac. If a road has lots of potholes we may need to complete a larger patch or resurface the whole section.

For emergency potholes, we sometimes make an instant repair by quickly filling the hole. This is to make the road safe straightaway whilst we schedule a full permanent repair to prevent potholes from forming in the future.

We are working with our contractors to find quicker and more efficient ways to fill in potholes.

How we fix single potholes

How we fix larger areas of road

To make repairs we often need to close the road, or parts of it, to keep road users and our crews safe.

We will always do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and will notify the local community as far in advance as possible if works are likely to cause any disruption to travel.

You can check planned road closures online. However, if emergency repairs are needed or if the repairs are to a minor road it isn’t always possible for us to publish the details in advance.