More than 5,000 potholes repaired in borough-wide blitz

Published: Thursday 29th August 13

The biggest street improvement project to take place in Wandsworth for years has now seen the borough’s dedicated repair crews fill in more than 5,000 potholes.

Since the major improvement project began in May a total of 5,052 problem potholes have been repaired across 11 wards.

Each month, three pothole repair teams have been focussing on specific wards before moving on to the next scheduled area, with the ultimate aim of covering the entire borough.Two men filling a pothole with asphalt.

September will see the teams begin repair work in Balham, Fairfield and Thamesfield.

So far this month they have filled in 392 in Roehampton, 402 in Tooting and 546 in East Putney.

In July, the crews repaired 942 potholes in Queenstown, 1,020 in Northcote and 180 in Shaftesbury - while in May and June they fixed 375 in West Putney, 267 in Wandsworth Common, 302 in St Mary's Park, 401 in Furzedown and 225 in Southfields.

Wandsworth Council's transport spokesman, Councillor Russell King, said: "Many road users and pedestrians have already noticed improvements as part of this hugely important repair project.

"And many more will notice improvements as the repairs cover an increasing proportion of the borough.

"Up and down the country, the scale of the damage to road surfaces caused by recent harsh winters is obvious. This is why, having also listened to concerns from residents, we made it a priority to take urgent action to sort out the problem."

A further three repair crews, which have been tasked with fixing pavement problems, are finishing off work in Roehampton, Southfields and Tooting before moving into Graveney, Northcote and Shaftesbury in September.

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.

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 an unusually high number of potholes.

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Notes to editors

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


To and From


Praire Street

Broughton Street - Queenstown Road


Twilley Street

Lyddon Grove - Furmage Street


Lyddon Grove

Twilley Street - Bendon Valley


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


Temperley Road

Endlesham Road - Bellamy Street


St Ann 's Crescent

Alfarthing Road - St Ann 's Hill


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.

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What about Vanderbilt Road that was due to be brought forward because it is so badly holed? WBC does not reply if you write. Nor do the councillors for the area!
Celia Blair

2 September 2013

its now coming to the end of august and i thought that the pavement crew were meant to be fixing bad pavements has any one been down both sides of bessborough road. do not know how the blind people of poklington court manager to walk up that road with out tripping up i know that i have problems and im fully sighted. hope that some one is sent to examine this stretch of pavement

29 August 2013

Well done!! Now the key for the coming winter and thereafter is, to keep track how well these pot hole fills last. It would be very beneficial to track which company/unit is doing how well, as most of the pot holes reemerge after one or two season. Keep up the good work, all the best
Andreas Heinsius

29 August 2013

When will you be doing Greyswood Street, SW16.?
Jean Green

29 August 2013