Following the recent cold it’s likely there are more potholes on the roads.
These potholes are formed through the ‘freeze-thaw’ cycle, where water gets into tiny imperfections or cracks in the road surface and freezes, expanding and pushing the tarmac apart. The water then thaws, creating bigger gaps in the road surface each time the freeze-thaw occurs. When traffic travels over the weakened section of road, the gaps cave in, creating potholes.
To help tackle the increase in potholes Transport for Buckinghamshire is laying on extra pothole repair crews.
TfB says they are aware of the increase in defects, however they do not know where many of these additional issues have cropped up. Potholes can appear over-night, so a recently inspected road may have appeared fine only to break up soon after. They are urging road users to report any problems they see.
Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said: ‘We really need everyone on the roads to ‘be our eyes’ and take responsibility for reporting any defects they spot.
Our online reporting tool is so easy to use and every pothole reported is inspected. We do have stringent criteria for the repair process, so not every pothole will be immediately fixed. But those that do not meet criteria for immediate repair will be closely monitored.‘
If you have seen a pothole it can be reported online by visiting http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/report-a-problem/report-a-pothole/.