Tameside’s worst road for potholes revealed as number of complaints increase
Monday 24th September 2018 @ 17:13 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge Tameside

Huddersfield Road in Stalybridge is the most complained about road in Tameside when it comes to potholes.

Figures published in an annual research piece by the Federation of Small Businesses has revealed the number of complaints recorded concerning potholes for the year 2017/18, as well as the number of legal claims made for damage to motor vehicles caused by potholes, and how much money individual councils spent on local road repairs.

The study showed that in Tameside, there were 2595 recorded complaints to the council about potholes, up from 2126 in 2016/17. That ranks Tameside fourth out of Greater Manchester’s ten borough’s; Salford finished top with just 1003 complaints, followed by Wigan with 1820 and Stockport with 2018.

Huddersfield Road was the target of the majority of complaints in Tameside, for the third consecutive year.

Tameside Council spent £1,607,000 on road repairs in 2017/18, up £498,000 on the previous year. The council also received 40 claims for vehicle damaged caused by potholes and paid out on 13 of them.

FSB Development Manager for Greater Manchester, Robert Downes, said local road networks underpinned the success of local economies, but in many areas they were not up to standard and required more investment.

“It’s easy to dismiss potholes as an irrelevance, or to think of a well-maintained roads infrastructure as a ‘nice to have’, but the issue is actually rather important,” he said.

“Small businesses need free flowing, well-maintained road networks to compete and grow, but these figures suggest it’s still something of a postcode lottery here in GM. On the back of a particularly cold winter, coupled with a scorching summer, councils will need to pay particular attention to crumbling roads this autumn – especially those roads where they know a problem already exists.

“We’d also like councils to make it easier for people to report a problem so small issues don’t become big ones requiring major repair work and subsequent delays – the data shows repairs are not carried out in a timely fashion. We know longer journey times impact on productivity levels, affects profit margins, and can be a turn off for investors. Gridlocked roads just adds to the general transport malaise many road users in GM are only too familiar with.”

Back in March, Tameside Council announced a four-year, £20m project to repair the borough’s roads. A spokesperson for the Council said: “The section of Huddersfield Road running through Copley has been resurfaced within the last month. Huddersfield Road is a heavily-used thoroughfare and was recently the scene of a major Electricity North West project to replace worn-out underground electricity cables.

“Tameside Council is committed to the maintenance and improvement of its roads network and has identified a sizeable amount of extra capital to invest in its highways. There is also a bid in the pipeline to secure additional roads funding.”