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Over £20m spent on road repairs in Bucks in 2019

Bucks County Council have worked on over 100 roads.

Published by Dan Gooding at 6:46am 31st December 2019. (Updated at 11:39am 2nd January 2020) 2-minute read.

Over £20m spent on road repairs in Bucks in 2019

'We can't be complacent' - that's the message from the man in charge of roads in Buckinghamshire.

Mark Shaw has been talking to us as the council finish off 2019 having spent over £20 million on road repairs.

This year's programme, which was proposed by Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) engineers in the asset management team and confirmed by County Councillors, included over 100 roads. 

Mark told us:

"So we spent about £120m in the last 5-6 years in resurfacing, but there is still more to be done.

"We can't be complacent."

The programme was targeted at keeping the strategic network in a safe and serviceable condition by taking a balanced approach to road maintenance and repair using treatments that both improve road surfaces and address deterioration.

This year's programme has seen:

  • £16m on resurfacing
  • £4m on plain-and-patch works
  • £2m on day-to-day pothole repairs
  • £1.5m on pavement works
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£19m has been spent on resurfacing roads in Bucks in 2019

The treatments have included full resurfacing for the most damaged roads and micro surfacing and surface dressing to extend the serviceable life of other roads.

Other methods - including plane and patch - have also been used to treat local roads.

Mark added:

"One of the challenges we have is that, quite often, people say to us 'Why don't you get money and spend £100m on the roads?'

"Well, yes you could do that, but you would clog up the whole of Buckinghamshire and you would stop it moving and thriving.

"So we have to be sensible about how we go about things."

Most work, unless it's emergency, will wrap up for the winter now.

The plan is to start again in April with another £4m as a starting point for our roads, plus projects like the Oxford Road improvements in Aylesbury.

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