Fixing potholes part of investment into better journeys

Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Over 1,000 potholes were repaired by Havering Council between April and December last year.

potholes being fixed by highways team
Havering Council's highways maintenance team fixing a pothole in Rainham recently

Individual inspections are carried out by the Council’s highways maintenance team and other potholes are identified through receiving reports from residents.

In addition to this work, the Council has also invested £40m into resurfacing and repaving roads and pavements across the borough, working in partnership with Marlborough Highways, the highways maintenance company which is carrying out the work on behalf of the Council.

It is one year into a four-year programme that will see the roads and pavements in the worst condition fixed first. Resurfacing will continue across the borough, work which will help towards reducing the number of potholes.

Havering has the second largest highways network in London and residents said the quality of the roads and pavements was a priority for them.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Havering’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“We have invested in a programme of works so that residents will be able to enjoy easier and smoother journeys around the borough, see the pavements outside of their homes looking smart and safe to walk on and being prouder of where they live.”

“As well as the investment, we are fixing potholes, which we know is another concern for residents. We undertake repairs of over 1,000 potholes per year. We want to encourage residents to report these to us.

“Fixing the borough’s roads and pavements is a top priority to residents and it is a top priority for us as a Council. This investment will help us achieve a Cleaner, Safer, Prouder Havering, Together.”