Focus on drainage to help improve county's road safety
Council working to create ‘sustainable, long-term’ solutions to build of excess water
WITH rain being such a noted feature of the British climate, Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) is putting additional resources this year into sustainable, long-term improvements to drainage problems on Buckinghamshire’s roads.
As well as being a safety hazard and potentially causing property damage, excess water can often speed up deterioration of the road surface – so good drainage is a key part of prolonging the life of Bucks’ roads.
Since March this year, work has been taking place to assess known sites across the county where road surface water and ineffective drainage are an issue, and find ways of reducing, and hopefully removing, the problem.
To achieve this, TfB has looked at improving ditch capacity, making sure soakaways are sufficient, installing new gully systems and upgrading pipe sizes to increase capacity.
A capital budget of £720,000 has been allocated in 2016/17 for such projects.
Identified initially by Local Area Technicians – TfB’s experts in each local area – each potential site for drainage improvement goes through a thorough prioritisation process which may take into account local knowledge, safety concerns, site visits, scans and CCTV footage.
A long-term solution to the problem is then found, designed and built, with local residents and businesses kept informed through the whole process.
Chesham County Councillor and the council’s cabinet member for transport Mark Shaw said: “A lot of work has taken place over recent years on improving our road surfaces.
“This project is vital to help keep our roads lasting as long as possible.
“We would like to be able to do more, but focusing on the high priority sites means we can combat the worst drainage issues first.”