Road repair programme rolls on

Road repairs
Road repairs

Thirty of Buckinghamshire’s roads were treated during the six week school summer holidays, according to County Hall.

The county council said it was their busiest summer so far as part of the ‘We’re Working On It’ countywide road treatment programme for 2013/14.

Since the current programme started in May, it has completed treatment works on 63 roads – around 50,000 metres – including 42 schemes prioritised by councillors.

With works confirmed on 134 sites between now and the end of May 2014, the council said crews will be working day and night on the roads across Buckinghamshire.

Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, deputy cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “I am delighted that road treatment works in Buckinghamshire continue to be recognised as a high priority for the council, and that additional money has been made available to help us treat more roads, and sooner.”

Earlier this year the council agreed a two-year £25 million budget for road surfacing, and then in May voted to add an extra £3m - all on top of the £11m spent annually on basic repairs.

At the time, leader Martin Tett said it was very important to respond to what residents wanted.

Of the roads to be treated this year, 20 will be part of a plane and patch programme, in which old surfaces are burned off and new material laid.

These target the 100 roads worst-hit by potholes.

There will also be nine extra key road resurfacing schemes on the A355 Amersham Road, Amersham; A404 Amersham Road, Penn Street; A418 Aylesbury Road, Rowsham; A418 Oxford Road, Aylesbury; A4010 Risborough Road, Great Kimble; A41 Aston Clinton Bypass; Dorney Hill South, Dorney Bottom; Copperkins Lane, Amersham; Main Road, Lacey Green.

These have been highlighted as roads that would suffer major damage if left for another two winters. Carrying out the repairs now represents the best possible value before they get critical, otherwise the cost of repair would increase.