REVEALED: The number of potholes repaired on Sheffield's roads
More than 4,000 potholes were repaired on streets across Sheffield in the first three months of 2018 - a rise of more than 800 on the same period last year.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed that Sheffield Council contractor Amey carried out 4,076 repairs between January 1 and April 1.
The number of repairs rose 25 per cent from 2017 - when 3,256 potholes were repaired but down on the same period in 2016, when 4,558 needed attention.
Amey is currently in the process of resurfacing the city's roads as part of its 25-year Streets Ahead contract with Sheffield Council to maintain highways.
Speaking in March, Lynsey Connelly, Amey's highways operations manager said around 65 per cent of Sheffield's highways had been resurfaced but drivers have also previously criticised the works being done, with some labelling the city's roads 'the worst in Europe'.
But Ms Connelly hit back and said just 0.5 per cent of the new roads resurfaced so far had failed an inspection and would be resurfaced again - at no cost to the taxpayer.
Figures released last month showed that 13 per cent of roads across Sheffield were deemed to be in poor condition in 2016/17 - four per cent higher than the national average.
Nick Hetherington, network account manager for Streets Ahead, said the contract had seen a 'radical upgrade to the city's infrastructure'.
He added: "The good news is that the data shows a steady fall in the percentage of Sheffield’s roads that require maintenance and suggests that, thanks to the Streets Ahead investment, they are being improved at a faster than average rate. In fact, we believe the picture today is even better.
“There is clearly still a lot to do but the progress is good and the city is moving in the right direction. A good road network is important for the local economy and the Streets Ahead programme will continue to improve and maintain roads to a good standard for the next 20 years.”
The Star and its sister paper Sheffield Telegraph is running a Pothole Watch campaign in a bid to get our city's roads up to scratch.
All we ask is you send us a photo or video of a pothole that is causing you greatest concern.
Send them to [email protected] and include a few details of where it is as well as a contact telephone number.
Make sure you also complete a report on the council’s website at www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead or call them on 0114 2734567 and we’ll keep a close eye on whether the reported potholes have been repaired.