£4.6m set aside for the road ahead - will your road be repaired?

Coun David Dagger and Alan Hobson
Coun David Dagger and Alan Hobson

More than £4.6m will be spent fixing potholes as part of Wakefield Council’s road maintenance programme.

The council has released a list of more than 60 milesof roads and footpaths where repairs and resurfacing will be carried out this year.

Highways bosses have already warned that there is not enough funding to repair all the district’s roads because of spending cuts by the government.

David Dagger, the council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “We know that some people may be disappointed if the programme does not include a road that they believe needs attention.

“But we have to look at the district-wide picture, which covers around 5000 streets, which is about 1,500km (932 miles).”

Last October the Express revealed that more than 11,500 reports or complaints about potholes had been received by the council since 2009-10.

But in the same period, government funding to repair the roads had been slashed, leading to a headache for highways bosses who must decide which roads to fix.

Coun Dagger said: “Although we do not have the massive funds needed to deal with every road issue, this year’s investment will enable us to focus our work on safety and prolonging the life of the roads as much as possible.”

Wakefield Council is facing budget cuts of £38m in the current financial year. Around a third of the local authority’s budget will have been cut by 2020.

Coun Dagger said: “To do this within budget means we have to prioritise what we do and ensure the maintenance method we use gives the best value for money.”

The council said its maintenance programme was designed to make sure roads were safe. Highways which were not included in this year’s programme would be monitored to ensure unsafe defects would be repaired as soon as possible.

Coun Dagger said: “Our engineers thoroughly assess and evaluate all highway issues so we can focus our work and limited budget on the roads which are most in need.”

The Department for Transport has been criticised for cutting road maintenance budgets for councils by £1.2bn since 2010.

But the government has claimed to have increased spending on roads by 27 per cent, and said £24bn would be spent on repairs up to 2021.

Government figures show it costs £52 to fill in a pothole, or £70 in London.

Roads to be repaired

A636 Denby Dale Road Thornes

A638 Dewsbury Road Wakefield

A642 Horbury Road Wakefield

A656 Lock Lane Castleford

Asda Access Road Durkar

Ash Grove Pontefract

Ash Treet Gardens Altofts

Ashfield Road South Kirkby

B6129 Dale Street Ossett

Back Elizabeth Street Agbrigg

Back Joffre Avenue Castleford

Badsworth View Upton

Barratt’s Road Wakefield

Barstow Square Wakefield

Batley Road Flanshaw

Batley Road / Balne Lane Alverthorpe

Beancroft Road Castleford

Beech Crescent Townville

Bentley Road Lupset

Bevin Crescent Stanley

Bodmin Drive Normanton

Bridge Lane Knottingley

Broomhill Avenue Knottingley

Broomhill Place Knottingley

Brunswick Ryhill

Burkill Street Sandal

Burns Avenue South Kirkby

Carleton Glen Pontefract

Chequerfield Road Pontefract

Church Mount South Kirkby

Church Road / Pope Street Altofts

Clayfield Bungalows Knottingley

Cobblers Lane Pontefract

Coxley Lane Netherton

Dalefield Road Backs Normanton

Don Pedro Avenue Normanton

Dovedale Close Crofton

Duke of York Street Wakefield

East Drive Pontefract

Eastbourne View Pontefract

Elizabeth Drive Airedale

Elmsall Way South Elmsall

England Lane Knottingley

Falmouth Avenue Normanton

Featherstone Lane Featherstone

Ferry Lane Stanley

Flanshaw Road Flanshaw

Fountains Way Eastmoor

Fryston Road Airedale

Gilcar Way Whitwood

Gipsy Lane Woolley

Greenside Walton

Grosvenor Street Agbrigg

Grove Mount South Kirkby

Hall Street / Ackworth Road Purston Jaglin

Hardwick Court Pontefract

Hazel Road Knottingley

High Street Crigglestone

Hill Top Road Newmillerdam

Homestead Drive Alverthorpe

Irwin Avenue Eastmoor

Jerry Clay Lane Wrenthorpe

John Street Castleford

Kettlethorpe Hall Drive Kettlethorpe

Kimberley Street Featherstone

King Royd Lane / Hessle

Common Lane / Hessle Lane Ackworth

Kirkthorpe Lane Heath

Lake Lock Road Stanley

Lancaster Close Pontefract

Leeds Road / High Street Ossett

Lincoln Street Alverthorpe

Lionel Street Ossett

Litell Royd Purston Jaglin

Manor Drive Crofton

Manygates Lane Sandal

Mill Lane South Elmsall

Minsthorpe Lane

South Elmsall

Mirey Butt Lane Knottingley

Mount Pleasant Ackworth

Mountbatten Avenue Sandal

Nelson Street South Hiendley

Netherfield Crescent Netherton

Newstead Grove Fitzwilliam

Northcroft Avenue South Elmsall

Old Great North Road Wentbridge

Owl Lane Ossett

Peacock Avenue Alverthorpe

Potovens Lane Outwood

Purston Park Court Featherstone

Queen Elizabeth Grove

Eastmoor

Queen Street Horbury

Queens Avenue Pontefract

Redhill Drive Airedale

Ridgestone Avenue Hemsworth

Ropergate Pontefract

Ruskin Avenue Wrenthorpe

Scarborough Street Alverthorpe

Springfields Avenue Knottingley

St Aiden’s Walk Ossett

St Martin’s Grove Whitwood

St Swithens Drive Stanley

Stansfield Road Airedale

Tavora Street Wakefield

Teal Close Castleford

Teall Court Ossett

The Avenue Outwood

The Croft / The Crescent Airedale

The Green Sharlston

The Paddock Normanton

Thornleigh Avenue Thornes

Thornleigh Garth Thornes

Thornleigh Grove Thornes

Valley Crescent Wrenthorpe

Valley Drive Wrenthorpe

Walton View Crofton

Water Lane Pontefract

Water Lane East Hardwick

Wellgate Airedale

Western Avenue Pontefract

Westgate End Wakefield

Westwood Road Cutsyke

Westwood Road Whitwood

Wharncliffe Road Crigglestone

Wheatroyd Crescent Ossett

Whinney Lane Streethouse

Wood Mount Overton

Woodhall Close Durkar

Woodhouse Road Eastmoor

Woolley Low Moor Lane / Daw Lane Painthorpe

Wrangbrook Road Upton