Roads across Sheffield are being repaired – just months after being resurfaced as part of a city-wide £2 billion upgrade.
Freedom of Information figures reveal 16 roads have had to be repaired after being resurfaced as part of the Streets Ahead project.
Sheffield MP Nick Clegg today branded the situation ‘unacceptable’.
Roads which have required repairs after Amey have relaid them include a 300 metre stretch of Walkley Road, Walkley, a ‘structural failure’ on Abbeydale Road South, 200 metres of Prince of Wales Road and Blackstock Road and Jenkin Road.
And potholes are appearing on other recently resurfaced roads, including Collegiate Crescent.
Since work began in 2012, Amey has resurfaced almost exactly half of the city’s roads, with 2,143 roads left to be done.
Hallam MP Mr Clegg said: “It is completely unacceptable that some of Sheffield’s roads are having to be fixed so soon after being repaired as part of the Streets Ahead project.” But Sheffield Council said the 16 roads make up less than a mile of city streets and insists the ‘very positive’ contract will be finished on time.
The mammoth task of resurfacing every road in Sheffield will be completed on time despite repairs being carried out to some roads already resurfaced, the city council stressed today.
A total of 2,201 roads have been relaid since Amey began its £2billion PFI contract for Sheffield Council in 2012, or 50.6 per cent, with 2,143 left to go, The Star can reveal.
In that time, 16 roads have required repairs including an 150 metre stretch of Wortley Road in High Green, 100 metres of Thompson Hill, also in High Green, 300 metres of Walkley Road, Walkley, and three patches on Manor Lane, Manor.
Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “It is completely unacceptable that some of Sheffield’s roads are having to be fixed so soon after being repaired as part of the Streets Ahead project.
“Although the work is being carried out by Amey, it’s up to the Labour Council to make sure the work is being carried out up to standard and on time.
“When that doesn’t happen, Amey need to be held to account and in some cases penalties should to be applied but I haven’t seen any evidence that is happening.”
The £2bn project was bankrolled with £1.2bn of funding from central Government, with the remaining £800m being put in by Sheffield Council.
The roads fixed since being resurfaced represent 0.7 per cent of the roads resurfaced so far.
Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts said: “The roads progress is actually going very well. I have not had any complaints from residents about roads resurfacing. None at all.
“I think people are very pleased that the roads are getting done. People can see it’s being done in their area, or going to be done soon.
A Sheffield Council Streets Ahead spokesman said: “The 16 roads equate to less than a mile in length of road in the city. More than 450 miles has been resurfaced to date.
“This does not indicate the resurfacing is not good enough and we are reassured if any of these issues are found they will be rectified. Prior to the resurfacing of any road, investigations are carried out to determine what treatments are required.
“However it is not always possible to determine where there are localised areas where the road foundation is soft. This is something that is expected considering the amount of work.
“We are confident the works will be completed as scheduled and guaranteed to be on budget.”
Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment, said: “The Streets Ahead contract is very positive. It is providing much needed investment in our roads, pavements and streetlights that residents have wanted for many years.
“Since August 2012 more than 450 miles of road have been resurfaced. Yes, Amey do need to go back and resurface some roads but this represents less than a mile.
“This is not unusual considering the amount of work that is being carried out. We know that the work causes some disruption to residents and businesses but the feedback we receive shows that a little disruption is worth it.
“At the end of 2017 we will have one of the best highway networks in the country.”
ROADS NEEDING A FIX SINCE RESURFACING - THE FULL LIST
Knowle Lane, bottom section – 100m length
Wortley Road – 150m
Thompson Hill – 100m
CarterKnowle lane – 100m
Walkley Road – 300m
High Storrs Road – less than 50m
Hagg Stones Road – 2 small patches
Jenkin Road – 2 patches
Ben Lane – small patch
Manor Lane – 3 patches less than 50m
Upper Albert Road, outside No. 47 – small patch
Blackstock Road – small patch
Abbeydale Road South – small structural failure
Loxley Road – 2 small patches
Prince of Wales Rd – 200m