A cyclist who made an urgent report about a ‘dangerous’ pothole submerged beneath puddles in Sheffield has complained about the response to his complaint.
Keith Wigley, aged 60, of Albert Road, Heeley, was riding along the A61 London Road out of town under the railway bridge when his wheels struck a pothole he could not see.
The lowered section of road under the railway bridge is a hotspot for flooding in heavy rain and is often covered in puddles.
To make matters worse, he said, the road has been narrowed while maintenance work takes place on the railway bridge itself – meaning cyclists find it difficult to keep out of the way of other traffic.
Mr Wigley said: “Had I fallen, I could have ended up in the path of a vehicle.
“I was worried there could have a fatality at the spot if something wasn’t done urgently.”
Mr Wigley said he was disappointed with the response.
“I told the site foreman working for the Network Rail contractors and also contacted Sheffield Council about the pothole – I was on the phone to the council for 48 minutes – but they didn’t say any action would be taken.
“It would take five minutes to fill in the hole so I couldn’t understand the lack of urgency,” he said.
Mr Wigley, who suffered bruising when he fell off his bike after hitting a submerged pothole elsewhere, added: “The hole was directly under the railway bridge and, when it rains, there is no way anyone could see it.
“Road bikes have very thin tyres and when you hit an obstruction it’s hard not to fall off – and the A61 is a very busy road.
“You would end up right in the way of traffic – not only cars but also buses and lorries. I dread to think what could happen to a cyclist.”
Mr Wigley also queried why Network Rail has not signposted a diversion route for cyclists away from the affected area.
A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We always work closely with local authorities when planning essential works which impact on the highway and to agree any necessary diversions.
“We are sorry to hear of this incident and wish Mr Wigley a speedy recovery.”
The company added its foreman contacted the council regarding the pothole and it has now been filled – although Mr Wigley was not told any action had been taken.
Chris Morris, operations director at Amey, added: “We thank Mr Wigley for acting on behalf of cyclists in Sheffield and bringing the pothole on London Road to our attention.
“Our team went out to repair it the same day he reported the problem. We have also been back out there to double check that there weren’t any more potholes.”