Street repair project passes milestone mark

Published: Wednesday 27th November 13

The council’s mammoth street repair project has now seen more than 10,000 potholes filled in.

The repair total has been unveiled just days before Wandsworth’s pothole and pavement repair teams begin a second sweep of the borough.

The teams are close to completing a seven month-long pothole blitz, which has seen three crews going into every ward in the borough to fill in problem potholes – to-date they have repaired 10,124.A pothole being filled in Cambalt Road

During this time a further three repair teams have been making their way across Wandsworth carrying out footway repairs.

The borough’s transport spokesman, Councillor Russell King, said: “I know that residents have been noticing the results of the improvement work that’s been carried out so far.

“But there’s plenty more to come, with further maintenance work about to begin.

“Repair crews will be revisiting every ward in the borough to make additional street improvements, this time with an emphasis on pavement repairs.”

Since the pothole blitz began, the borough’s three repair crews have filled in more than 10,000 potholes across 20 wards.

This month they have fixed 401 potholes in Bedford, 426 in Latchmere and 448 in Graveney. The pavement repair teams have spent November working in Queenstown, East Putney and Furzedown.

Previous months have seen 1,052 pothole repairs in Nightingale, 942 in Queenstown, 932 in Roehampton and 711 in East Putney (a full breakdown is listed further below).

Each month the repair crews have been focussing their efforts on specific wards before moving on to the next scheduled area, with the ultimate aim of covering the entire borough.

Cllr King said the improvement project had been made possible thanks to shrewd management of the council’s finances, which has enabled this year’s road repair budget to be increased to £6.4m.

He added: “Along with this improvement project, we’re continuing to monitor our streets for repairs as well as responding to reports of defects when residents make us aware of problems – a rapid response team is ready to deal with all urgent repairs.”

The work is linked to the Cleaner Wandsworth campaign, which is working to make the borough's streets the cleanest in the capital.

As part of the pothole and pavement repair project, many roads are being completely resurfaced and some roads will have their pavements completely re-laid. The table below shows some of the roads that have been resurfaced so far.

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.

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.

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Notes to editors

Pothole repairs to date:

  • Southfields - 252
  • Furzedown - 401
  • St Mary's Park - 302
  • Wandsworth Common - 267
  • West Putney - 375
  • Queenstown - 942
  • Northcote - 1,048
  • Shaftesbury - 180
  • Roehampton - 932
  • Tooting - 419
  • East Putney - 711
  • Balham - 331
  • Fairfield - 328
  • Thamesfield – 296
  • Earlsfield – 606
  • Nightingale – 1,052
  • West Hill – 407
  • Bedford – 401
  • Latchmere – 426
  • Graveney – 448

The table below shows some of the borough roads that have been so far.

Location

To and From

Ward

Endlesham Road

Nightingale Lane - Chestnut Grove

Nightingale

Princes Way

Withycombe - Augustus Road

West Hill

St Margaret's Crescent

Granard Avenue - Lutterall Avenue

West Putney

Westleigh Avenue

Solna Avenue - Genoa Avenue

West Putney

Portsmouth Road

Telegraph Road - End

Roehampton

Windmill Drive

The Avenue - Borough Boundary

Northcote

Rowfant Road

Boundaries Road - Marius Road

Nightingale

Brewhouse Lane

Putney Bridge Road - end

Thamesfield

Grant Road

Plough Road - Falcon Road

Latchmere

Wheatlands Road

Tooting Bec High Road - Stapleton Road

Bedford

Fontenoy Road

Bedford Hill - Culverden Road

Bedford

Bushnell Road

Elmbourne Road - Ritherden Road

Bedford

Vanderbilt Road

Garratt Lane - Winfrith Road

Earlsfield

Montana Road

Tooting Bec Road - Topsham Road

Bedford

Broomwood Road

Clapham Common West Side - Kyrle Road

Northcote

Stanley Grove

Queenstown Road - Broughton Street

Queenstown

Putney Heath

Putney Hill - Wildcroft Road

West Putney

Friars Avenue

Stag Lane - End

Roehampton

Marney Road

Stormont Road - Clapham Common North Side

Shaftsbury

Alton Road Humps

Besborough Road - A3

Roehampton

Sangora Road

St John's Hill - Strathblane Road

Fairfield

Vardens Road

St John's Hill - Strathblane Road

Fairfield

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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