More wards targeted in pothole blitz

Published: 27 June 2013

The borough’s dedicated pothole repair teams are preparing to tackle road defects in three more wards in the next phase of the council’s Action on Potholes campaign.

Crews are currently finishing off repairs in St Mary's Park, Wandsworth Common and West Putney - where they have to date fixed 667 potholes.

This is in addition to the 582 pothole repairs carried out in Southfields and Furzedown in May.

In total, 1,249 road defects have been tackled since Wandsworth Council's major repair programme began.

Next month will see the pothole repair teams move into three new wards - Queenstown, Northcote and Shaftesbury - to begin improvement work.

At the same time another three repair teams will move into Balham, Fairfield and Thamesfield to begin fixing pavement problems.

Previously they have been carrying out repairs in Earlsfield, Nightingale, West Hill, Bedford and Latchmere.

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.

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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


Besborough Road

Alton Road - Alton Road


Ulva Road

Ravenna Road - Burston Road

East Putney

Newtons Yard

Wandsworth High Street - Hardwick Road


Augustus Road

Replingham Road - Princes Way

West Hill

Radstock Street

Parkgate Road - end

St Mary's Park

Portslade Road

Wandsworth Road - End


Mexfield Street

Oakhill Road - Wandsworth High Street


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


Daylsford 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

Magdalene Road Brighman

Wandsworth Common

Greeves 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.

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