County road repairs get under way
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.