Annual 'State of the City' report finds that Hounslow's roads have the lowest backlog of potholes to fix across London.
Published: Tuesday, 8th June 2021
Hounslow’s roads are the best in London, according to a newly released report.
Thanks to residents who have been actively reporting potholes, and over £100m invested from the Council since 2013, Hounslow roads and footways have emerged in pole position.
The annual State of the City Report provides key information from/on all 32 London boroughs and reveals the best and worst in its annual report.
Hounslow was found to have the lowest backlog of potholes to fix, which is vital for keeping our borough moving and the economy thriving.
Reacting to the report, Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies, said:
“This latest report shows once again that Hounslow’s roads are the best in London and the most well maintained.
“Our partnership with Hounslow Highways is delivering exceptionally well for our residents, despite pressure on resources during the last year and it is testament to the hard work of all our Highways colleagues.
“It’s also thanks to our residents who are identifying problems and reporting them so that we can deal with them swiftly.
“Hounslow has consistently registered great results in previous State of the City Reports and has now emerged as the only borough in the capital with a low maintenance backlog.
“Our ambitious ‘Pothole Pledge’ allowed us to strive towards achieving even higher levels of maintenance and gives our residents a say in where we direct further repairs.
“Of course, nobody will claim that our roads and footways are perfect, but we are in a very good position compared to all other London boroughs.
“But we won’t stop there and have the ambition to go even further by continuing this great collaborative work with Hounslow Highways and residents.”
Hounslow also received a perfect score for its road maintenance asset management for the second year, highlighting the strength of the Council’s industry leading practises and delivery models.
The borough’s highways have been managed under contract by Hounslow Highways since January 2013. Since they took over, a huge amount of work has been undertaken including the resurfacing of approximately 210 km of carriageways and 232 km of footpaths, 15,799 street lights replaced with new LED lanterns, the refurbishment of five major structures, and the replacement of 13,695 traffic signs. Hounslow Highways have worked hard to complete all of this whilst continuing to deliver street cleaning, the removal of fly-tipping and graffiti, and managing trees and grounds maintenance.
One of the pledges that Hounslow Council made to the people of Hounslow for its current term was to invest over £2 million to fix potholes in local roads and invite residents to report potholes that needed the most attention.
Residents views and feedback have been at the heart of the project, by helping to identify which roads are the highest priority.
Since then, through the borough’s established road maintenance programme, Hounslow Highways has had over 689 issues reported with 35 potholes having been repaired and treated in full. As we enter the final year of the pledge, a programme to treat as many more roads as possible is being finalised.
To read the full report please see here.