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Buckinghamshire County Council launches programme to repair pothole ‘farms’

| April 9, 2018

Road repairs: A pothole crew in action.

Buckinghamshire County Council has launched a £2.78 million programme to repair Buckinghamshire’s worst pothole ‘farms’.

The Department for Transport has given the County Council £1.78m in grants towards the road repairs however more money is set to be added from its reserves and from Councillors’ repair funds for a ‘plane and patch’ scheme to resurface stretches of road with multiple defects.

The worst hit roads in the County will be identified by plane and patch teams using local knowledge from Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) local area technicians with capacity to repair up to nine miles of road.

While the programme is active Transport for Buckinghamshire repair teams will continue with the County’s £2m programme repairing individual potholes and make more use of their high-velocity Jet Patcher which speeds repair rates.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation at Buckinghamshire County Council, said road defects had worsened in the first three months of the year as a consequence of the harsh winter weather, with three severe snow storms and damaging freeze-thaw effects coupled with corrosive road salt action.

This is a national problem that doesn’t just affect Buckinghamshire,‘ said Mark. ‘It’s good to see the Government has recognised this with the allocation of around £100m in extra funding for councils. While this is very welcome help, it won’t solve our under-funded roads maintenance problem, and we’d like to see the Government providing a more sustainable solution for our roads.

Repairs in the cold and wet aftermath of winter weather risked being short-lived, he said, which often meant having to do a repair twice.

I do appreciate some road surfaces have taken longer to fix than we’d have liked,‘ said Mark. ‘But doing repairs twice doesn’t make economic sense, and I know our residents would expect us to steward finances more responsibly.

Our plane and patch programme will be a sound investment in our roads and will provide long-lasting surfaces – not just temporary repairs.

The additional programme spend will need the agreement of the full council on Thursday 26th April 2019.

The number of Serious (Category 1) potholes identified so far this year is as follows :

  • January 2018 : 835
  • February 2018 : 898
  • March 2018 : 1,156

On average, in the first three months of 2018, 90 potholes were repaired every day in Buckinghamshire. The monthly average number of potholes identified and repaired between April 2017 and December 2017 was 247.

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