Pothole repair total continues to rise

Published: Thursday 22nd August 13

More than 4,000 potholes have now been repaired since the council’s crews began a borough-wide pothole blitz.

Three dedicated repair teams began a ward by ward sweep of the borough in May - and to-date they have filled in 4,244 problem potholes.

The biggest street improvement project in years has seen the crews repair 942 potholes in Queenstown, 689 in Northcote and 180 in Shaftesbury in July - while in May and June the crews fixed 375 in West Putney, 267 in Wandsworth Common, 301 in St Mary's Park, 401 in Furzedown and 225 in Southfields.

So far this month they have tackled 192 in Roehampton, 241 in Tooting and 431 in East Putney - and they will continue working in these three wards until September.

A further three crews, which have been tasked with fixing pavement problems, are spending August carrying out repair work in Roehampton, Southfields and Tooting.

In the previous three months they carried out repairs in Balham, Fairfield, Thamesfield, Earlsfield, Nightingale, West Hill, Bedford and Latchmere.

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.

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Notes to editors

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

Location

To and From

Ward

Praire Street

Broughton Street - Queenstown Road

Queenstown

Twilley Street

Lyddon Grove - Furmage Street

Earlsfield

Lyddon Grove

Twilley Street - Bendon Valley

Earlsfield

Battersea Church Road

Battersea Bridge Road - Westbridge Road

St Mary's Park

Combemartin Road

Skeena Hill - Sutherland Grove

West Hill

Caistor Road

Balham High Road - End

Balham

Temperley Road

Endlesham Road - Bellamy Street

Balham

St Ann 's Crescent

Alfarthing Road - St Ann 's Hill

Fairfield

Putney Hill

Tibbet's Ride- Upper Richmond Road

East Putney

Tibbet's Ride

Putney Hill - A3

East Putney

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

Transport minister Norman Baker said: "The law is quite clear. Councils should not be pricing their parking in order to make a profit. "Any monies raised from parking in excess of the cost of administration has to go back to transport purposes which can be dealing with potholes, improved road management or can be investing in public transport to encourage people to free up the roads."
Celia Blair

22 August 2013

There remains more than £10 million in the parking surplus fund that should be spent as a matter of course. WBC should be repairing streets, not pretending that it is doing us all a favour!
Celia Blair

22 August 2013