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District highways teams launched by TfB
5:30pm Saturday 26th April 2014 in News
TRANSPORT for Buckinghamshire has made changes to its operations in a bid to stay on top of road repairs at a more local level.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s transportation arm has established 15 district delivery teams working out of three depots – High Wycombe, Amersham and Aylesbury.
TfB said the move means parish and town councils can work more directly with their Local Area Technician to tackle road-related priorities.
Cllr Ruth Vigor-Hedderley, BCC’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: 'This new way of working will mean that each area of the county gets the same attention from us.
“Although the north of the county is geographically larger, it is more rural with a similar number of roads to the other district areas.
“This change will mean that our work can be planned more efficiently, with a specific programme for each crew, for each area.”
Each depot will have five crews – two pothole teams to primarily tackle major CAT1 potholes with one area maintenance crew responsible for minor kerbing, replacing broken gulley covers and hedge trimming.
A road patching unit will tackle road surfacing work and the traffic management crew will be tasked with preparing lane closures, traffic lights and road closures.
The crews will work on jobs solely in the district served by their depot.
There will also be two dedicated 'jetpatching' crews - a special vehicle which can quickly repair a high number of potholes in the same patch of road – as well as two footway repair teams and two minor works crews.
These teams will be split equally between the south and north of Bucks.
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