Clean cycle lanes reopen after TfL ignores its own crisis

Blythwood pothole ‘has simply been filled’, city engineer says; planners tell council to keep investigating ‘design flaws’; Aldershot pond to have new connecting bridge Clean cycle lanes reopen The Transport for London (TfL) authorities…

Clean cycle lanes reopen after TfL ignores its own crisis

Blythwood pothole ‘has simply been filled’, city engineer says; planners tell council to keep investigating ‘design flaws’; Aldershot pond to have new connecting bridge

Clean cycle lanes reopen

The Transport for London (TfL) authorities have released statement saying the “public interest” prevented them from allowing the Aldershot pothole to be repaired.

They continue to investigate “internal and external design flaws” in the pothole, first reported by the Guardian on 14 August, but have “investigated how we can restore” it “as quickly as possible”.

The pothole has caused enormous stress to cars who have been having to drive around it in a blind fashion – in one case, a mother carried her child through the hole to their car.

“We can now confirm that the council, and the owner of the vehicle which recently damaged the pothole, have accepted responsibility for the incident and paid compensation,” the statement reads.

The pothole was repaired on Saturday, but just hours later, TfL claimed its investigation had concluded the owner of the car had contributed to the damage.

‘Please pay for our car damage’ Photograph: Sam Lockwood/Press Association Images

Crews from TfL had to remove minor traffic barriers to allow the pothole to be opened again.

On Facebook, David Bantleman said his BMW was damaged when he drove past the pothole the day after it was repaired and lamented the longer he and his wife had to drive in fear.

He wrote: “I’m getting very annoyed, having to miss a lot of work with fears of damage to my car. Now our insurance policy has been thrown out the window – if there is a chance it [the pothole] was deliberately drilled in with a crossblade then, come on TfL! What an embarrassing loss of the opportunity to display another little secret council conspiracy, one which hopefully has already been uncovered. Please pay for our car damage.”

Blythwood pothole ‘has simply been filled’

TfL’s statement: “We are aware of concerns and have worked with T&Y to urgently inspect the problem and progress the issue with the local authority.

“We are not publishing the exact nature of the design and internal design flaws we are investigating, due to the public interest.”

Blythwood pothole ‘has simply been filled’, city engineer says

A spokesperson for Bloor Street and Bloor Park resident association, which represents residents near the location of the pothole, said: “People have been adversely affected by this issue and we would ask TfL and the council to take care with any future infrastructure work.

“This area needs to be maintained and carefully developed so that we can continue to provide an attractive and safe community.”

Toby Legg, a spokesperson for Bloor Park Residents Association, said it was “important to note that TfL has sorted the issue after admitting the area needed attention”.

“Clearing the pothole has not stopped them from looking further, however,” he said. “We hope they can continue to find solutions to keep their community safe and viable.”

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