The 20 pothole-ridden roads getting revamped in East London in …

An East London council is spending £8.5million resurfacing roads in the borough and will fix potholes, improve drainage and repaint road markings. Newham Council will tend to 5.5km worth of roads as part of its Keep Newham Moving project that was launched in 2016. (See the full list of roads below).

Speaking at Tuesday’s (April 4) cabinet meeting, the council’s[1] deputy mayor and cabinet member for environment and sustainable transport, James Asser said: “It’s an important one for residents and businesses of the borough because this is about the maintenance of roads and pavements, it’s a smaller amount this year as lots of the budget for this was front-loaded, so we’re on to the tail-end of it.

“It’s worth saying at this point we will obviously be reviewing what comes after Keep Newham Moving, and that will also give us a chance to have a revisit on what the priorities are, given the change in policies that we have adopted over the past few years.”

Woolwich Manor Way is one of 20 roads that will undergo resurfacing and repair works
Woolwich Manor Way is one of 20 roads that will undergo resurfacing and repair works

Keep Newham Moving has so far invested £68m in resurfacing and fixing the borough’s roads and pavements, while this year’s investment will see work take place in or around the following roads:

  • Heather Close
  • Queens Road West
  • Greatfield Avenue
  • Chesterton Terrace
  • Leslie Road
  • Neatscourt Road
  • Ordnance Road
  • Woolwich Manor Way
  • Carnarvon Road
  • Newman Road
  • Milner Road
  • Harcourt Avenue
  • Carlyle Road
  • Birch Close
  • Pennyroyal Avenue
  • King Street
  • Connaught Bridge
  • Tyas Road
  • Stratford Road
  • Chichester Close

In response to the list of roads that will be resurfaced this year, Cllr Sarah Ruiz said Prince Regent Lane should also be looked into because it’s a “danger”.

Cllr Ruiz said: “I was at a school a couple of weeks ago trying to encourage [the school kids] to cycle or walk. The children said they couldn’t cycle to school because Prince Regent Lane [through to] Victoria Docks Road was too dangerous. If you drive along there or if you go along on a bike, you almost lose your tyres from the potholes.”

She added: “It’s not helped by the very large number of lorries – can I please have some assurance that we can look at that section of Prince Regent Lane because [it’s] now dangerous.”

Cllr Zulfiqar Ali admitted it was “sad” that London had missed out on some of the additional £200m that was announced as part of the government’s pothole fund during the spring budget.

He said: “It’s sad to note that the government has announced £200m of pothole repairs and they seem to think there aren’t no potholes in London. London roads are far more congested in traffic – but unfortunately this government fails to recognise that London deserves [to have funding].”

Cllr Asser said in response: “It is the second time we have seen a pot of money announced by the government that has excluded London, and if they keep excluding London that puts additional financial pressures on us.”

After the debate, Newham’s cabinet members agreed on the report and approved the proposed list of schemes planned for 2023/24.

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