£5m upgrade for Brighter Borough roads and pavements
Published: Friday 8th September 17
Road users and pedestrians across Wandsworth will see improvements to road surfaces and footpaths as part of the council’s ongoing £5m neighbourhood investment programme currently underway.
In the 12 months leading up to April 2018, dozens of residential roads across the borough will be completely resurfaced to ensure safer journeys for cyclists and motorists.
A sum of £3m has been set aside for this resurfacing work and will see nearly 40 important and busy local roads given a facelift.
This includes additional extra money on top of the borough’s pothole repair budget which for this current financial year stands at over £1.5m.
Since April 2012 the council has invested £3.4m fixing potholes and keeping the more than 230 miles of road surface the council is responsible for maintaining in a good state of repair. Over this time period nearly 35,000 potholes have been fixed.
Keeping pavements and footpaths in good order is also a council priority. Last year the council spent £1m relaying pavements and this year this amount is being doubled to £2m, which will fund the renewal of entire pavements in more than 30 local residential roads.
In addition to new pavements another 150 street trees will be planted in residential areas this year. There are around 16,000 street trees in the borough of Wandsworth.
A further £340,000 has been received in the form of a grant from Transport for London which will be used to fund road resurfacing in Garratt Lane and Falcon Road.
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We know that our residents take great pride in the borough which is why we put this amount of resource into these road and pavement upgrades.
“Dealing with worn out road surfaces, repairing potholes and renewing pavements makes travel in all its forms safer for residents across the board whether they are walking, riding or driving.
“It is through the council’s prudent management of its finances that we are able to find this money and keep our borough’s streets and pavements looking good.”