The largest privately-owned road surface maintenance company in the UK, Kiely Group, has held a drop-in session in Parliament to give MPs and Peers the opportunity to informally discuss the critical issues surrounding potholes and the solutions available to prevent them.
The session was hosted by Sir Christopher Chope MP, former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Better Roads, and saw Guy Opperman MP (Minister for Roads and Local Transport) Bill Esterson MP (Shadow Minister for Roads) and Toby Perkins MP (Shadow Minister for Nature and Rural Affairs) all drop-in, alongside other cross-party MPs and Peers who are keen to see the UK’s road network improved.
One topic discussed was the recent reallocation of HS2 money for road surface maintenance and what Kiely calls “a sense of collective determination” that, now funding has been allocated, there is a great opportunity to start bringing the road network back up to standard. Parliamentarians were enthused about this but were keen to ensure they knew what to ask of their local authorities and how they would be using the funds.
The company adds that nearly every MP asked Kiely Group to take the Multipatcher to their constituency for them to have the pleasure of filling their own pothole in their own area.
Roads Minister, Guy Opperman MP, said: “I’d like to thank Sir Christopher Chope for organising and chairing this fantastic session on how we can continue working together with stakeholders and councils to tackle the scourge of potholes. The event shows that companies such as the Kiely Group continue to invest in innovative technologies to help highway authorities repair and resurface our local roads more quickly, easily, and safely.
“We’re investing a game-changing £8.3 billion to resurface up to 5,000 miles of roads in England, and just this week we launched new potential measures to tackle congestion from overrunning street works, as we continue to put drivers back in the driving seat.”
Shadow Roads Minister, Bill Esterson MP, added: “The Kiely Bros surface dressing and preventive maintenance approach is an important component in a sustainable approach for roads, that need faster repairs and repairs that last.”
Commenting on their first time in Parliament, Mike Kiely, Managing Director of the Kiely Group said: “It was a pleasure attending Parliament and talking with so many parliamentarians interested in hearing about the importance of preventative road maintenance to fix and reduce the number of potholes that plague British roads.
“The drop-in session also gave us the opportunity to showcase the innovative solutions we have at the Kiely Group, from our new Multipatcher machine to our latest AI tool and explain to MPs how we plan on using them to revolutionise road maintenance in the UK.”
(Picture L-R Mike Kiely, MD – Kiely Group, Guy Opperman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Roads and Local Transport, Steve Port, Commercial Director – Kiely Group and Lauren Kiely, Head of Marketing – Kiely Group)