Long-lasting pothole repairs pledge with £2.78 million programme
A £2.78 million programme to repair the county’s worst pothole ‘farms’ in Buckinghamshire was announced on April 5.
Buckinghamshire County Council has received £1.78m in Department for Transport repair grants and more money is set to be added from its reserves and from councillors’ repair funds, for a ‘plane and patch’ scheme to resurface stretches of road with multiple defects.
Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, said road defects had worsened in the first three months of the year as a consequence of the harsh winter weather, with three severe snow storms, and damaging freeze-thaw effects coupled with corrosive road salt action.
Pothole ‘farm’ refers to a small collection of surface defects or potholes on a road.
Mark said: “This is a national problem that doesn’t just affect Buckinghamshire.
“It’s good to see the Government has recognised this with the allocation of around £100m in extra funding for councils.
“While this is very welcome help, it won’t solve our underfunded roads maintenance problem, and we’d like to see the Government providing a more sustainable solution for our roads.
“Repairs in the cold and wet aftermath of winter weather risked being short-lived.
“I do appreciate some road surfaces have taken longer to fix than we’d have liked.
“But doing repairs twice doesn’t make economic sense, and I know our residents would expect us to steward finances more responsibly.
“Our plane and patch programme will be a sound investment in our roads and will provide long-lasting surfaces – not just temporary repairs.”
Plane and patch teams will target the worst-hit roads across the country, using local knowledge from Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) local area technicians, with capacity to repair up to nine miles of road.
Former Buckinghamshire county councillor David Meacock has criticised the ‘plane and patch’ scheme and claims that ‘surgical intervention’ is required.
David said: “Bucks CC has broken its implied duty of care to road users and this is a case of far too little, far too late – a sticking plaster where major surgical intervention is required.”
While this programme is active, Transport for Buckinghamshire repair teams will continue with the county’s £2m programme repairing individual potholes, and make more use of their high-velocity Jet Patcher, which speeds repair rates.
The additional programme spend will need the agreement of the full council on April 26.
A £2.78 million programme to repair the county’s worst pothole ‘farms’ in Buckinghamshire has been announced. Mark Shaw is pictured by some road patching