POTHOLES across the region are being targeted in the wake of the heaviest winter rainfall for 250 years.

‘Pothole Buster’ signs have been springing up around Hampshire and 80 groups of workers- 60 per cent more than usual- are tackling emergency repairs across more than 5,000 miles of road.

Extra equipment such as jetpatcher machines are also being used to make repairs to potholes on rural roads quicker and more effective.

Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council, met with workers last week to see progress in action.

He explained that all repair work is being carefully prioritised, saying: “We are re-prioritising all repairs to the worst affected roads so that we tackle the most serious defects first.

“These extra gangs, extra equipment and additional signing have been put in place and work has begun, with efforts concentrated on emergency defects and safety work.”

It is thought that the long-term capital costs of remedial work to damaged highways across Hampshire to avoid future flooding could hit £63million.

Council leader Roy Perry said the Council would continue its representations to Government for more money, in addition to the £11.5million already granted.

He said: “Getting £11.5million is a really helpful first- step from Government and we'll be bidding for more resources, bearing in mind we estimate that another £25million, or more, is needed to fix damaged roads alone.

“We are committed to continuing to fund an enhanced maintenance programme to improve the resilience of our 5,000 miles of roads, which, together with resources we are planning to spend in the recent budget, is testimony to the importance we attach to investing in Hampshire.”