POTHOLE repairs had to be temporarily suspended across the county for two weeks, as the local authorities concentrated their efforts on flood damaged areas.

Bucks County Council made the decision to ensure that Transport for Bucks put all their efforts into fixing any problems caused by the flooding and supended their pothole policy.

Bucks County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport, Janet Blake, said: “We’re not pretending our roads are perfect – far from it – and it’s a near endless task to repair them, but we are doing our best.

“The floods have caused some significant damage, and we need to work together, carrying out our inspections and taking reports from road users in order to tackle the worst first.”

In January, TfB repaired 4,431 potholes, before focusing solely on flooding issues during this month, of which 2,381 were in need of urgent repair.

A TfB spokesman said: "We suspended the pothole policy from February 7 - 21,  because of the flooding issues, meaning that we could not hit our policy deadlines of repairing category 1 potholes by the next working day during this time.

"From the 22nd February we picked up our work on potholes, increasing the number of crews going out and filling defects reported by the public."

TfB is now undertaking a programme of inspection and repairs to fix the water damaged roads and are looking at ways in which extra resources can be brought in to help.

If you want to report a pothole or road related problem you can get in touch with TfB by calling 0845 230 2882 or by visiting: www.bucskcc.gov.uk/telltfb