More funding has been allocated for the ‘Plane and Patch’ method of repairing pothole clusters across local roads in Buckinghamshire.
A £4 million programme treated over 100 roads in early 2019, it proved so successful that an additional £1 million was allocated to the treatment method to treat 27 more roads commencing in November 2019.
Whilst this currently work is due for completion by the end of March 2020, the exceptional period of wet weather over the winter has caused further deterioration to some roads so the County Council has allocated further funding enabling work to continue on recently identified areas of deterioration.
It is now anticipated that £5 million of Plane and Patch work will now take place between March 2020 and the end of May 2020 to incorporating over 100 more schemes.
The recommend the areas to receive Plane and Patch treatment are decided by the Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) technicians, who work from their local area transport depots in Amersham, High Wycombe and Aylesbury.
Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member at Buckinghamshire County Council, went to check on some of the Plane and Patch sites with his deputy Paul Irwin and said: ‘This type of road repair treatment is particularly effective in the more minor residential areas and offers great value for money as TfB can focus the repair towards pothole clusters.
I’m sure that residents will be very pleased that we will embark on another round of Plane and Patch in March. Parts of our network have severely suffered during the recent storms and sustained wet weather (February  was the wettest on record!) and I’m pleased that we are able to sustain continued funding to target repairs at those locations where they are most urgently required.‘
Whilst every effort will be made to minimise disruption, some urgent repairs are necessary on busier routes and therefore some unplanned disruption is likely whilst these locations are repaired.
Plane and Patch treatment complements the larger scale road-surfacing programme, which is largely targeted at maintaining strategic routes, preventing them falling into a condition where they would then require more expensive structural work.
Further about where TfB is working can be found on the TfB social media outlets including [email protected] and Facebook/TransportforBucks.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.