The most severe winter weather for 30 years has had a terrible effect on road surfaces right across the country.
The council is using the latest technology to make quick patch repairs and over 1,000 have been filled since January. Larger patching, using traditional ‘hot rolled asphalt’, takes longer to do – so Ernest Avenue, Elder Road and Crown Dale will be done within the next few weeks. Crown Lane from Knights Hill to Leigham Court Road is due to be completely resurfaced by end of April and Robson Road soon after.
The Government has just announced an extra £100m to fix potholes, and Lambeth will get a share of that money. But too many of our local roads are still sub-standard and vulnerable to damage in freezing or very wet weather.
Unfortunately when the Lib Dems & Tories were running Lambeth the council used a cheaper road resurfacing material on many roads including Norwood High Street and Ernest Avenue in 2005. Stone mastic asphalt is cheaper but does not last long on roads used by heavy vehicles such as buses and HGVs. Cracks started to appear within a couple of years and have got much worse during this winter.
Road resurfacing costs £25-£30 per sq metre varying with the price of oil. Lambeth’s roads need quality investment not patching. Labour, if re-elected on May 6th, has promised to make the biggest-ever investment to replace Lambeth’s crumbling roads and broken pavements by selling off surplus council office blocks
In the meantime to report potholes requiring urgent repair please phone 020 7926 9000 or email Streetscene@lambeth.gov.uk giving details of the location. Red routes are the responsibility of the London Mayor’s Transport for London – call 0845 305 1234 to report any potholes on red routes .