Workmen ‘filled wrong pothole’ after complaint from Sheffield cyclist

Cyclist Keith Wigley fears that a pothole (which cannot be seen when covered with rain puddles) under London Road is going to cause a serious accident after a similar incident happened else. At the time of this picture it was raining heavily and the pothole was not visible
Cyclist Keith Wigley fears that a pothole (which cannot be seen when covered with rain puddles) under London Road is going to cause a serious accident after a similar incident happened else. At the time of this picture it was raining heavily and the pothole was not visible
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Crusading Sheffield cyclist Keith Wigley ran into a hole lot of bother trying to report a rutted road.

As reported in The Star last week, the 60-year-old from Heeley reported a pothole submerged by puddles under the railway bridge on London Road

Cyclist Keith Wigley

Cyclist Keith Wigley

Mr Wigley is particularly concerned because Network Rail are doing maintenance on the bridge so the road below has been narrowed.

Highways firm Amey said it went out and filled in a pothole the day Mr Wigley complained - but he says the crew fixed the wrong one.

Mr Wigley raised the issue again, calling in on the Network Rail contractors’ offices. And he recorded a conversation with the site foreman where Mr Wigley told him: “Your obstruction around the bridge makes it dangerous for cyclists.”

The foreman is heard replying: “The road is nowt to do with us. If you fell off your bike outside Ponsford’s would you have gone in there and blamed them?”

Mr Wigley was then accused of being ‘abusive’.

He told The Star: “I only said to one of the staff, ‘You’re not bothered’.”

Mr Wigley said he also met with an official from Amey at the site, who pointed out a pothole which had been filled - but it was not the one he reported.

The hole Mr Wigley was concerned about had been covered by a concrete bollard, which had been moved into the middle of the road under the bridge as part of the Network Rail works.

Mr Wigley said he did not believe Network Rail or the council to be ‘taking the issue seriously enough’.

“Someone could be killed, and it is important these holes are fixed properly,” he said.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We apologise if Mr Wigley was unhappy with his conversation with our team. We would encourage anyone with any issues with the railway to contact our 24-hour helpline where they will be answered by our dedicated team of advisors. The number is 0845 711 4141.”

Chris Morris, Operations Director at Amey, added: “We apologise about the confusion. We received a report of a pothole which needed repairing and we did repair a pothole on the other side of the road. We weren’t aware of the additional pothole until we met with Mr Wigley on site. We will of course repair the pothole when Network Rail complete their works.”