Investment paying off as Hounslow Council reports decrease in potholes

Hounslow has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of potholes on its roads in the last four years.

Published: Wednesday, 29th March 2017

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Hounslow has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of potholes on its roads in the last four years as a result of a massive investment programme by Hounslow Council.

With many roads across London and in the country reportedly in need of repair work running into billions of pounds, the borough is seeing the positive effects of robust planning.

The Highways PFI (private finance initiative) contract put in place in 2013 created one of the largest highways investment programmes in London.

Upgrading work totalling £100m is being spent on improving roads, pavements and streetlights over a five-year period.

The works programme undertaken by Ringway, part of Hounslow Highways - which manages the borough’s roads on behalf of the Council has already improved road conditions by 81 per cent in four years and meeting modern-day standards.

Recent surveys confirm improvements already made, have reduced the average number of pothole- related repairs in Hounslow by around 60 per cent from 2016 to 2017 and the number of pothole-related claims have also reduced by a third over the last four years.

Ringway Hounslow Highways and the Council are working together on completing the final year of the five-year investment programme but works will continue over the next 21 years to ensure the highest standards of roads are maintained across the borough.

Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow, said: “We are working hard to ensure the investment programme we have put in place will improve the condition of our roads further and the number of potholes reported, will continue to decrease.

“It’s important that we carry on investing in our borough and making it a better place for our residents and visitors. Ensuring our roads are maintained and up to the standards they should be, is vital.”

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