On the road to pothole success
Council pleased with repair programme
BUCKS County Council’s transport chief says he is delighted at the progress being made in repairing the county’s roads.
So far this year, almost £8m has been spent on large scale road repairs by Transport for Buckinghamshire – more than the entire budget for 2013/14 – with around a further £17m still to invest before the end of next March.
Mark Shaw, who took over as county council cabinet member for transport in May, says he believes the difference is beginning to show.
He said: “I am really pleased that through hard work and a tremendous amount of planning we have been able to deliver a significant proportion of the roads resurfacing programme already this year.
“The county council is making huge investments in our roads and we will continue to deliver the best roads that we can, given the budgetary constraints we are under.”
He added: “In total, we have completed 37 of our 291 schemes so far, with work taking place right across the county.
“We know there is still lots to do, but hopefully residents will start to see some good improvements, and there is still a huge amount of work in the pipeline.”
The state of Bucks roads is an ongoing source of complaint for many living in the county, and there are frequent reports of potholes and damage to the roads from drivers and pedestrians. Gerrards Cross Parish Council chairman Chris Brown said: “As someone who cycles a lot, the difference in the quality of the roads between here and other counties, like Berkshire, is huge.
“You can tell you’re in Bucks as soon as get here because the roads are so bad. I would say the county council still has a lot of work to do.
“The state of Bucks roads is not something to be proud of.”
Mike Freestone, director of transport services at Bucks County Council said: “Recent years have shown a steady improvement in the condition of our roads and this year’s stretched programme being so well delivered augurs well for a step change when the roads are surveyed again next year.”