£2.5m to spend on road re­pairs

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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