On the road to pot­hole suc­cess

Coun­cil pleased with re­pair pro­gramme

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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