Fo­cus on drainage to help im­prove county's road safety

Coun­cil work­ing to cre­ate ‘sus­tain­able, long-term’ so­lu­tions to build of ex­cess wa­ter

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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.”

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