Potholes in Splott

Splott’s ‘dangerous potholes’ prompt resurfacing call

20 February 2018

Potholes are endangering cyclists and damaging cars say people in Splott who want roads to be resurfaced.

Large cracks and potholes have appeared across several roads in Splott, including Sanquhar Street and Carlisle Street, and speed bumps have been eroded.

Splott resident, Louise Clarke, said Cardiff Council had fixed individual potholes but because of increased traffic, the surface was wearing away quickly.

She called for the council to provide a more long-term solution: “Resurfacing the roads might cost more but it’s actually going to save money in the long run.

“I’ve had to have new tyres and I’m having to pump them up far more frequently than I usually do and one of my suspensions has gone.”

Cyclist, Jon Jones added his life was endangered when riding in Splott. He said cyclists had to swerve out of the way of potholes which then put them in the line of moving traffic.

Labour councillor for Splott, Ed Stubbs, said the problem was largely due to Network Rail’s work on Splott Road Bridge which diverted traffic into side-streets.

He said: “The work’s being done to electrify the main line but Splott has no rail station. We’re feeling the pain but not feeling the gain.

“I don’t think it would be unreasonable to ask Network Rail to pay for repairs.”

Network Rail said once it had finished work and Splott Road was ready to reopen,  the council would inspect it.

“At this point any issues with the work would be raised and we would work with the council to ensure these issues are resolved,” Network Rail added.

Cllr Stubbs said although he did not think the council would be able to afford to resurfacing on damaged roads in Splott, he encouraged residents to report problems.

Splott Road Bridge is due to be closed until February 27.

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