Pothole repair crews’ efforts praised

Published: Tuesday 30th July 13

The work carried out by the borough’s pothole crews received a seal of approval from Wandsworth’s mayor as their repair total passed 2,500.

Councillor Angela Graham, the borough's mayor, paid a visit to one of three hard-working repair crews while they were carrying out pothole repairs across Queenstown, Northcote and Shaftesbury.

Since the start of May, the teams have been fixing potholes as part of a borough-wide improvement project - and have to date made 2,669 repairs.Mayor of Wandsworth with one of the council's repair crews

This month they have fixed 520 potholes in Queenstown, 522 in Northcote and 166 in Shaftesbury.

Previously the three crews repaired 375 in West Putney, 267 in Wandsworth Common, 192 in St Mary's Park, 401 in Furzedown and 225 in Southfields.

A further three crews, which have been tasked with fixing pavement problems, began repair work in Balham, Fairfield and Thamesfield at the start of July.

In May and June they carried out repairs in Earlsfield, Nightingale, West Hill, Bedford and Latchmere.

The borough's transport spokesman, Councillor Russell King, said: "The council's pothole and pavement repair crews have been working tirelessly to improve roads across the borough.

"The mayor was able to see first-hand their efforts so far - and I hope that road users and pedestrians have, and continue to, notice improvements as this important work continues."

Every street in the borough will be inspected over the coming months as the council continues its major pothole and pavement repair project.

As part of the repair campaign, many roads will be completely resurfaced and some roads will have their pavements completely re-laid. The table below shows roads that have been resurfaced so far this month.

A very harsh winter caused an unusually high number of potholes to appear in roads throughout the country - and in Wandsworth, the council heard the message from residents that they wanted urgent action to sort out the problem.

Shrewd management of the council's finances has enabled Wandsworth to increase the road repair budget to £6.4m this year. This has led to the creation of six special pothole and pavement action crews, who are working to repair potholes and pavements, ward by ward, over the months ahead.

This doesn't mean other urgent repairs elsewhere are being ignored. A rapid response team will be dealing with those.

Leaflets will be sent to homes across the borough to let people know when the repair crews will be working in their neighbourhoods.

Wandsworth is responsible for 1,500 roads stretching over 360km with 746km of pavements, many of which were constructed more than 100 years ago.

The country has seen some of the worst winters over the past four years causing huge damage by weakening the road surface and creating many more potholes.

To report a pothole online visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/potholes or email onstreetservices@wandsworth.gov.uk.


Notes to editors

The table below shows the borough roads that were resurfaced in June.


To and From


Balham Grove

Temperley Road - Balham Hill


Bridgford Street

Waldron Road - Burntwood Lane


Bessborough Road

Alton Road - Alton Road


Ulva Road

Ravenna Road - Burston Road

East Putney

Newton 's Yard

Wandsworth High Street - Hardwick's Way


Augustus Road

Replingham Road - Princes Way

West Hill

Radstock Street

Parkgate Road - End

St Mary's Park

Portslade Road

Wandsworth Road - End


Mexfield Road

Oakhill Road - West Hill


Topsham Road

Upper Tooting Road - Franciscan Road


Dents Road

Bolingbroke Grove - Gorst Road


Linstead Way

Beaumont Road - Bell Drive

West Hill

Harbridge Avenue

Danebury Avenue - Tangley Grove


Daylesford Avenue

Upper Richmond Road - Langside Avenue

West Putney

The Pleasance

Dover House Road - The Pleasance

West Putney

Felsham Road

Bemish Road - Salvin Road


Tilehurst Road

Magdalen Road - Brightman Road

Wandsworth Common

Greaves Place

Garratt Lane - End


Rogers Road

Broadwater Road - Garratt Lane


Road repairs are part of the council's wider transport improvement programme, which includes:

  • The Mayor's Cycle Hire scheme comes to parts of Putney, Wandsworth Town and Battersea at the end of year.
  • Riverbus services from Putney and Wandsworth are now much faster and more frequent. A new pier will soon be built at Plantation Wharf, west Battersea.
  • We are bringing the tube to Battersea. The Northern Line Extension will cut journey times to the City and West End and improve reliability.
  • Clapham Junction now has a new London Overground service with direct trains to the Docklands and north London.
  • Local train stations are being improved including Earlsfield, Balham, Wandsworth Town, Clapham Junction and Putney.
  • Local buses are being replaced with new, less polluting models.
  • Wandsworth is building the case for a new direct rail service from Clapham Junction to Heathrow Airport.
  • We are keeping up the pressure on local rail operators to introduce longer, higher capacity trains on overcrowded services.
  • Rail station platforms have been extended to take 10 car trains following our lobbying of rail operators, and new longer trains will be delivered before the end of the year to relieve overcrowding at peak hours. 
  • We are improving facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, including creating new cycle parking, adding missing links to the local cycle network, helping provide training for cyclists and introducing new "Legible London" signage in Tooting, Balham and Clapham Junction to help direct pedestrians.

For more information go to www.wandsworth.gov.uk/travelchoices.


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Recent comments

This morning it is reported that Wandsworth made a £16.1 surplus on parking charges. "Any money left over goes towards transport services like filling potholes, concessionary travel and road improvement projects." Wandsworth can afford to do a lot more and not make such a BIG DEAL about it. We live in hope in the Earlsfield/Wandsworth Common cusp area.
Celia Blair

1 August 2013

great work on the roads, hopefully it won't be too long before the junction of Danebury Avenue with Tangley Grove is dealt with--this area was left untreated when Danebury Avenue was re-done as part of the road belongs to WBC!!

31 July 2013

Maybe Councillor Angela Graham, the borough's mayor, can persuade the three hard-working repair crews to tackle the holes in Earlsfield. It is her patch but thus far has been neglected.
Celia Blair

30 July 2013