Action is needed to tackle potholes

April 01 2022
Action is needed to tackle potholes

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice

LIVING in rural South Gloucestershire my entire life, I know the blight of potholes in our towns and villages, and understand how damaging and frustrating poor road surface can be for residents and commuters.

Action is needed to improve road surfaces throughout South Gloucestershire, and that is why I am delighted that over £12 million has been announced in South Gloucestershire Council’s budget to fix potholes, repair our roads and improve surfaces along our key road networks and public footpaths.
Over the winter, and exacerbated by storms earlier this year, several roads throughout the area have become cracked and damaged, and potholes have worsened our most rural villages.
With this further funding now available, to directly target potholes and carry out road repairs, I have launched a survey asking residents for their feedback and thoughts on where there are potholes which need to be addressed in South Gloucestershire, including our rural villages of Thornbury, Alveston, Oldbury-on-Severn, Olveston, and our other Severn villages.
I am pleased that there are already works scheduled for our area, including Cutts Heath Road, Alveston Road, Haw Lane, and Strode Common.

However as a local resident and commuter, I know there are many more locations in need of attention, and with your help and input, we can make sure these areas are known to South Gloucestershire Council, so action can be taken.
You can complete the survey by visiting www.lukehall.org.uk.
It’s vital that our roads are kept in good condition to ensure safety and comfort for road users. I welcome that the Department for Transport has invested £2.7 billion for the maintenance of England’s local highway network outside London over 2020-21 and 2021-22.

As part of Road Investment Strategy 2, the Government is also providing £4.1bn for capital renewals on the strategic road network in England over the next five years.

Investing in our roads and infrastructure is a key part of our positive plan for transport, and will help us in our ongoing efforts to get South Gloucestershire moving.

We in South Gloucestershire should not get left behind investment in the urban areas of our region, including Bristol, and so I am pleased the council’s budget will help us take further steps to ensure motorists and cyclists have the road network they deserve.