Mayor Praises Pothole Repair Teams

Crews have now repaired over 2,500 potholes

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The work carried out by the borough’s pothole crews received a seal of approval from Wandsworth’s mayor. Councillor Angela Graham, paid a visit to one of three hard-working repair crews while they were carrying out pothole repairs across Queenstown, Northcote and Shaftesbury.

Since the start of May, the teams have been fixing potholes as part of a borough-wide improvement project – and have to date made 2,669 repairs. This month they have fixed 520 potholes in Queenstown, 522 in Northcote and 166 in Shaftesbury. Previously the three crews repaired 375 in West Putney, 267 in Wandsworth Common, 192 in St Mary’s Park, 401 in Furzedown and 225 in Southfields.

A further three crews, which have been tasked with fixing pavement problems, began repair work in Balham, Fairfield and Thamesfield at the start of July. In May and June they carried out repairs in Earlsfield, Nightingale, West Hill, Bedford and Latchmere.

Roads that were resurfaced in June

The borough’s transport spokesman, Councillor Russell King, said:
“The council’s pothole and pavement repair crews have been working tirelessly to improve roads across the borough. The mayor was able to see first-hand their efforts so far – and I hope that road users and pedestrians have, and continue to, notice improvements as this important work continues.”

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. 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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June 23, 2013