£2.5m to spend on road repairs
MORE than £2.5million will be spent on repairing roads damaged last winter.
Buckinghamshire County Council has successfully bid for a share of the Severe Weather Recovery Scheme funding from government.
It has been awarded £2,507,486 in addition to money already allocated for the county-wide road treatment and drainage programmes by the county council.
Weather permitting, all work carried out using the funds should be completed by early next month.
The weather team have also said they are ready for wintry conditions this year.
Weather maintenance manager Simon Dudley said: “Everything has been prepared for the start of the season.
“There has been an early frost but nothing too bad so far, it’s milder than it normally is this time of year.
“People think we only prepare in the lead-up to snow and winter, but this is a 365 days a year business.
“We try and have stocks of 11,000 to 12,000 tonnes of salt.”
Last year the team used 5,500 tonnes in 40 trips, the year before it was 78. The average is 55 to 65.
Mr Dudley added: “We have a different way of looking at the weather now so we can predict further ahead, which helps. It avoids the scaremongering and sensationalist headlines the nationals run with.”
The team say they are also prepared for flooding.
Transport for Buckinghamshire was this week due to carry out repair work at Town Lane, Wooburn Green; Mill Road/Gossmore Lane, Marlow; and Oak Tree Road, Marlow; as well as drainage jetting work at Lodge Lane, Little Chalfont; and Newbarn Lane, Seer Green.