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Pothole-littered roads getting £5m spent on them in Bucks

Over 100 schemes will be delivered across Buckinghamshire by the end of May.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:51am 13th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Pothole-littered roads getting £5m spent on them in Bucks

Over 100 road repairs will be carried out by the end of May in Buckinghamshire, after all the bad weather caused a lot of damage.

The County Council's spending £5-million over the next three months to patch up streets littered with potholes.

In early 2019, a £4 million programme treated over 100 roads and proved so successful that an additional £1 million was allocated to this treatment, commencing in November 2019 and treating 27 more roads.

Whilst this work is due for completion by the end of March 2020, the exceptional period of wet weather over the winter has caused further deterioration.

Roadworks - Plane and Patch
A completed plane & patch scheme

To address this, further funding has again been added, enabling work to continue on recently identified areas of deterioration.

In all, it is anticipated that £5 million of Plane and Patch work will now take place between March and the end of May, incorporating over 100 more schemes.

TfB technicians, who have a broad knowledge of their areas, working from their local area transport depots in Amersham, High Wycombe and Aylesbury, recommend the areas to receive Plane and Patch treatment, to ensure that those areas of highest local concern are prioritised.

Roadworks - Plane and Patch
£5m is being spent on our damaged roads up to the end of May

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member Mark Shaw went to check on some of the Plane and Patch sites with his deputy Paul Irwin and said:

"This type of road repair treatment is particularly effective in the more minor residential areas and offers great value for money as TfB can focus the repair towards pothole clusters.

"I'm sure that residents will be very pleased that we will embark on another round of Plane and Patch in March. Parts of our network have severely suffered during the recent storms and sustained wet weather (February was the wettest on record!) and I'm pleased that we are able to sustain continued funding to target repairs at those locations where they are most urgently required."

Whilst every effort will be made to minimise disruption, some urgent repairs are necessary on busier routes and therefore some unplanned disruption is likely whilst these locations are repaired.  

Plane and Patch treatment complements the larger scale road-surfacing programme, which is largely targeted at maintaining strategic routes, preventing them falling into a condition where they would then require more expensive structural work.

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