Henbury had more potholes than any other neighbourhood in Bristol last year, data released to Bristol World reveals today - as we also publish an interactive tool allowing residents to find out how many road defects were reported in their street.
The figures obtained from Bristol City Council show the suburb five miles north west of the city centre was the location for 157 potholes reported to the authority in 2022 - that’s the equavalent of almost three a week.
The main issue for Henbury appears to be Passage Road (A4018) linking the city centre with the M5 and Cribbs Causeway, which according to the data amassed 86 complaints (85 in Henbury, one in Westbury) in 2022. Henbury Road had 21 reports, while Crow Lane and Avonmouth Way both had eight.
Behind Henbury, as the bar chart shows below, there were 148 reported potholes in Bedminster, 137 in Clifton and 122 in Horfield.
Potholes are reported by people sending in a picture and sharing the location to the city council through Fix My Street. In an emergency people can call a number displayed on the city council webpage here. In total, 3,084 potholes were reported in 2022.
At the other end of the spectrum, Lawrence Hill and St Annes both had six potholes reported, followed by Stockwood with 12 and Lockleaze with 16.
Bristol was recently called the ‘pothole capital’ of England in a report by insurance compairson website Comparethemarket which analysed local data to show which councils were apparently falling behind most on road repairs.
The report claimed just 21% of the city’s road network was in a good condition. In the same month, Bristol City Council has said it is to investing more than £9million into road improvement work ‘to help keep the city moving’.
From that money, £1.4million will go toward a Pothole Action Fund to repair the city’s roads. Making the announcement, Councillor Donald Alexander, cabinet member for transport, said: “I know that potholes are a pain for any for any road user”.
Councillor Alexander’s ward is Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston, where 101 and 82 potholes were reported in 2022 respectively.
He said it was vital to ensure the streets were safe for all road users, adding that the council’s approach was ‘preventative’ in that work was done to fix a road surface at the earliest opportunity to stop the issue worsening further.
Although acknowledging the challenge, particulary during winter months, he said: “Our teams work hard throughout the year to keep our road surfaces in good condition, making sure that Bristol’s streets and footways are safe for everyone to use.”
On responding to our Freedom of Information request, the city council said it had a ‘right first time’ policy to potholes whereby it reinstated an impacted highway with permanent hot bitumen repair. If not possible to do due to health and safety, a temporary fix is applied ahead of a contractor return with 28 days.
This is the latest story in a series focusing on potholes on Bristol’s roads. Has your street become badly impacted by potholes, also let us know by emailing [email protected]