The hole pack­age

Coun­cil an­nounces £11mil­lion to be spent on pot­holes and resur­fac­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HERBERT tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

BUCKS could soon see an end to pot­holes thanks to an £11mil­lion over­haul of the county’s roads.

The county coun­cil an­nounced on Tues­day March 22 the mul­ti­mil­lion pound spend will tackle more than 50 miles of roads and pave­ments.

The sur­fac­ing work is part of Bucks County Coun­cil’s (BCC) £15.9m pack­age of in­vest­ment in road im­prove­ments in 2017/18.

Trans­port for Buck­ing­hamshire will also spend nearly £9m on rou­tine main­te­nance such as pot­hole fill­ing, safety fenc­ing, gul­ley emp­ty­ing, street light­ing.

BCC has in­vested around £110m since 2011 on road sur­fac­ing to im­prove, main­tain, and pro­long the life and con­di­tion of Buck­ing­hamshire’s net­work.

The work iden­ti­fied for 2017-18 con­tin­ues this rolling pro­gramme of pri­or­ity work, and sim­i­lar pro­grammes are planned for fu­ture years.

More than 100 roads in Buck­ing­hamshire will be sur­faced in 2017-18, and prepara­tory work is due to start in early April fol­lowed by the main sur­fac­ing treat­ments from May on­wards.

The list of roads, to be fi­nalised by the end of March, is a com­bi­na­tion of sur­faces need­ing pri­or­ity treat­ment through con­di­tion test­ing, and roads cho­sen by lo­cal coun­cil­lors un­der the guid­ance of TfB en­gi­neers.

Trans­port Cab­i­net Mem­ber Mark Shaw said that in ad­di­tion to the an­nual main­te­nance by TfB, BCC is mak­ing im­prove- ments to the net­work by de­vel­op­ing new roads.

He said: “The multi-mil­lion pound in­vest­ment on main­te­nance is only part of the over­all ap­proach the county coun­cil has to con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing and ex­pand­ing the es­sen­tial net­work of roads we have in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Mark Shaw, cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port

“There are on­go­ing projects across the county, which are strength­en­ing our net­work, from the Stock­lake link road in Ayles­bury to the Bea­cons­field re­lief road, which open up the net­work a lit­tle bit fur­ther and re­lieve some of the pres­sure on more his­toric roads.

“Us­ing fund­ing from cen­tral gov­ern­ment and from de­vel­op­ers, these es­sen­tial schemes are sup­port­ing the growth and devel­op­ment of Buck­ing­hamshire as a whole, as the county ex­pands and more hous­ing is built.”

These es­sen­tial schemes are sup­port­ing the growth and devel­op­ment of Buck­ing­hamshire as a whole

The un­even sur­face of Up­per Bel­mont Road, Che­sham

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