On Monday 27th June 2016 Buckinghamshire residents will get the chance to have their say about the local road and transport services they receive as part of a national survey involving 106 local councils.
The annual National Highways and Transport (NHT) Survey covers everything from the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of cycling facilities and local bus services.
The 12 page questionnaire asks local people exactly the same questions, whether they live in Buckinghamshire, Bristol, Brighton or Blackpool.
Now in its ninth year the survey is the largest collaboration between local authorities and offers councils the chance to compare results, share best practice and identify further opportunities to work together in the future. The full results are expected to be published in mid-October 2016.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transportation, Mark Shaw said he is urging everyone who receives a survey form to get involved. Mark said: ‘This nationwide survey is a brilliant way to share ideas with other local authorities and to discover any regional or local trends in the successes or otherwise of transport initiatives.
The survey is not about competing with the next county along to see who is better – it’s about finding a benchmark by which we measure our services and try to continue to offer the best standard we can.’
Mark added, ‘If a survey drops through your letterbox please do complete it as we need your input. We really want to be able to take local views and priorities into account in everything we do and the NHT survey is an essential part of helping us to do that.‘
The results will help Transport for Buckinghamshire assess how it is performing and also spotlight specific services that local people think should be prioritised and improved.
Residents that receive the questionnaire can also complete the survey online if they prefer. A short URL link will be printed on the front of the questionnaire and they will be required to enter a code before completing it.
Last year Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) completed over 300 highways projects, which included resurfacing approximately 97 miles’ worth of road. This year there are plans for over 200 schemes, which will be helped by the recent top up of £546,000 from the Department for Transport’s pothole fund. However road maintenance isn’t the only thing; TfB is also responsible for winter gritting, summer grass cutting, maintenance of bridges, bridleways, footpaths, and street lights.