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DfT engages Uber and Deliveroo to map potholes

28 August 2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) has enlisted Deliveroo, Uber, Tesco and Ocado to help audit the nation's potholes with support from highway data and mapping specialist Gaist and local authorities.

The data gathered will be used to help the DfT "paint the most comprehensive picture ever of where funding is most needed to make sure roads are not plagued by potholes".

Transport secretaty Grant Schapps said: "We’re teaming up with delivery companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5bn to pothole repair fund."

The DfT added: "[This project] will make roads as safe as possible as more commuters and students undertake journeys in the coming months. The plan will help cyclists and motorist get back to school and work."

The mapping work is due to complete by the end of September.

The DfT said that 319 miles of resurfacing were undertaken during lockdown.

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