County road re­pairs get un­der way

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE a mild win­ter, the com­bi­na­tion of rain and frost has in­flicted dam­age on Buck­ing­hamshire’s roads, and re­pair teams are striv­ing to get around the county’s 2,000 miles of roads to fix the de­fects.

In the first month of 2016, Trans­port for Buck­ing­hamshire’s 12 re­pair teams dealt with 2,110 re­ported road de­fects across the county, com­pared with a monthly av­er­age of 1,556 last year.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s trans­port cab­i­net mem­ber Mark Shaw said: “The win­ter weather re­ally does play havoc with our road sur­faces, but we’re work­ing hard to fix things.

“I’ve noth­ing but ad­mi­ra­tion for our re­pair teams, who’ve pulled out all the stops to keep on top of the re­pairs.”

The irony, says Mr Shaw, is that win­ter creates more dam­age, but sum­mer is the best time to re­pair it.

He added: “We’re con­tin­u­ing to pri­ori­tise ur­gent re­pairs to road dam­age on busier routes.

“Look­ing at my email inbox, I’m grate­ful for res­i­dents’ un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenge fac­ing our teams, and for their pa­tience as we tackle re­pairs day by day.”

He urged res­i­dents and mo­torists to con­tinue re­port­ing road dam­age us­ing the coun­cil’s on­line re­port­ing tool at www. buckscc.gov.uk/telltfb.

The coun­cil is in­vest­ing £14.8mil­lion in the roads struc­tural main­te­nance in 2016/17, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful record £25mil­ion spend last year.

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