Last year £144.3 million was spent filling potholes and another £23 million in compensation claims was paid out by councils, according to the annual ALARM survey from the Asphalt Industry Alliance.
Because failing manhole covers are the root cause of many potholes, Wrekin Products invited Conservative Member of Parliament, Michael Fabricant MP to visit its head offices and discuss how specifying better performing products will reduce maintenance costs.
There are more than 6 million manhole covers in the UK and independent research indicates that the majority of these are showing signs of failure. “You’ve only got to drive down the road to see how many potholes are caused by failing manhole covers,” says Simon Turner, Sales Director at Wrekin Products.
Wrekin Products demonstrated to Michael how its flagship manhole cover Unite is designed to reduce the number of failures that cause potholes. Since its launch 15 years ago there have been no known failures of Unite and Michael helped Wrekin Products celebrate by cutting a bespoke made cake in the shape of the successful manhole cover. Michael also met with Unite’s designer Barry Turner and was shown the new training and product testing facility at the fast growing company’s HQ in Lichfield.
Michael Fabricant MP