What is the true cost of road­works?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

RE­CENTLY I had oc­ca­sion to drive from Chal­font St Peter through Ger­rards Cross at 9.45 am, but was met at the “Tesco” lights by a queue of 30 ve­hi­cles.

It took me six min­utes to clear the de­lay. Re­turn­ing 45 min­utes later the same queue com­prised 42 ve­hi­cles.

If 30 ve­hi­cles are idling for an hour the fuel used is around 35 litres. If this sit­u­a­tion oc­curs 200 times per year, cost of fuel will be about £8,000 with some 1,500kg of CO2 green­house gas emit­ted into the at­mos­phere.

In the ab­sence of bet­ter sta­tis­ti­cal data th­ese fig­ures may be open to ques­tion, but since they rep­re­sent only one di­rec­tion for part of one day, it is prob­a­bly an un­der­es­ti­mate of the to­tal cost. Ad­di­tion­ally, the de­lay amounts to some three man-years of wasted time.

Pre­sum­ably, who­ever as­sesses the eco­nomics and cost of al­ter­ations to the lights, al­lows for such dis­rup­tion.

But if the rel­e­vant coun­cil does not in­tend to take any ac­tion could they please stand up to be counted and ex­plain why the costs of re­me­dial works ex­ceed the so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal costs. BRIAN ISH­ER­WOOD

Chal­font St Peter

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