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Drain lower than the road surface causing vehicle damage

Reported via desktop in the Pavement Defect (uneven surface / cracked paving slab) category anonymously at 14:18, Tue 6 October 2020

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS2328371.

Good afternoon,

On Saturday 19th September at around 14:45 I drove south through the Rotherhithe Tunnel A101.

I recall my near side back tyre hitting a drain as I drove along, I had to move out of the way of an oncoming vehicle that was taking up too much room. I noticed that the drains I passed after were much lower than the road surface. The car ran fine which made me not question there being anything wrong.

Approximately 5 miles later in Honour Oak Park my tyre began to display trouble.

After an RAC calllout to fit my spare wheel I was advised there was no evidence of a screw or nail that had started the damage and the drain was the probable cause of the deterioration.

Today I have had the tyre replaced and the damage is shown in the attached photo. It’s very lucky that the alloy was not damaged too much during the process.

I’ve been advised to make a complaint to the council for negligence for the condition of the drains and the level to the road surface. I request reimbursement of the cost and a promise that the drains will be liked at to avoid this happening again to another motorist.

I dread to think how the day might have ended should I have chosen to drive on a busier or fast road where the tyre could of caused much more damage to me and or others.

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