East Lothian Council

Roads and Pavements Repairs

The repair and maintenance of roads within East Lothian

Cars on a motorway

East Lothian Council s Roads Authority is responsible for maintaining 912km of adopted roads, which includes 90km of principal roads. 

Safety and service inspections are undertaken at set intervals and faults recorded.

The level and speed of response will vary depending on:

  • the position of the road in the hierarchy
  • the budget available
  • the scale and location of the fault

How to report a fault 

If it's an emergency please call 01875 824305 between 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday or 01875 612818 at any other time.

If you fill in your email address when you make your online report, you can track the status of the fault.

Prior to phoning or emailing, please ensure that you have sufficient information to identify the type of fault and accurately locate it. 


Potholes are formed when the surface of the road/footway erodes to cause a hollow.

The risk a pothole poses to all road users (its severity) determines the criteria for attention. 

The factors that we take into account include:

  • the size and depth of the pothole
  • traffic type, speed and volume
  • road alignment and visibility
  • the position of the pothole in relation to road usage

When you are reporting a pothole, please provide details of its exact location.

Mobile surveys

We also assess the condition of roads by using mobile surveys which measure rut depth, surface profile and surface texture.

The information gathered is then used to rate individual locations for comparison against other locations within East Lothian to determine programmed road improvement works.

John Muir House, Court Street, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01875 824305

Fax: 01620 827710

Report pot holes, damaged pavements, faulty traffic lights or bridges

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.