Flood-damaged roads receive £2.5m government grant

Flood-damaged roads receive £2.5m government grant

Flood-damaged roads receive £2.5m government grant

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FLOOD-RAVAGED roads in South Bucks damaged by this year’s floods and wet weather will receive a slice of a new £2.5million funding pot from central government.

Roads in Flackwell Heath, Marlow, the Chalfonts, Great Missenden and Bourne End are set to benefit from the cash, which will target 65 hotspots across the county.

Following one of the wettest winters on record, many of the roads in Bucks suffered extensive damage as a result of widespread flooding.

Due to the severity across the country, the Government set up a Severe Weather Recovery Scheme (SWRS) aimed at repairing local highway networks.

Bucks County Council has been awarded £2,507,486 to supplement money already put aside to fix damaged roads and drainage.

And BCC has its fingers crossed over a separate bid to take advantage of over £168 million available for pothole repairs on the county’s pock-marked road network.

Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Cabinet Member for Transportation said: "This additional budget is very welcome, and I would like to personally thank the team involved in securing this amount of funding.

"It will mean that we can target repair work to the roads that were most severely damaged by the flooding over the winter, which is really good news."

This additional funding can only be used to repair flood-hit roads.

Assessments of the selected sites across the county have been carried out to confirm the full extent of work required, along with any necessary drainage works to reduce or prevent flooding in the future.

There are 65 sites confirmed to receive treatment as part of the SWRS.

Additional drainage works under the programme are due to commence in mid-June 2014, with road treatment works to follow from July onwards.

Work on all sites will be completed by the end of 2014.

More information, including a list of the sites to be treated as part of the SWRS, can be found at http://www.transportforbucks.net/Roadworks-Centre/Schemes-and-projects/Our-schemes-and-projects/Severe-Weather-Recovery-Scheme.aspx

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9:38am Wed 11 Jun 14

I know who I am says...

And what about the roads in and around Wycombe. They finally "patched" up the road between the Pedestal round about and West Wycombe caves but already they are beginning to sink.
And what about the roads in and around Wycombe. They finally "patched" up the road between the Pedestal round about and West Wycombe caves but already they are beginning to sink. I know who I am
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11:20am Wed 11 Jun 14

Kania 2000 says...

Jet patching is only as good as the operator!!!
Jet patching is only as good as the operator!!! Kania 2000
  • Score: 1

11:37am Wed 11 Jun 14

T.C. says...

Great! 2.5 million which will effectively get swallowed up in one large pothole. The roads of South Bucks are absolutely horrendous compared to other parts of the country. Our local council wastes millions of pounds doing shoddy repair jobs that don't last 5 minutes. They wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on the jetpatcher which is clearly not fit for purpose and now have a policy where a pothole has to stay a pothole until it reaches a category 1 level when it will be filled, only to pop out again a week or so later. During the time it takes to develop into a cat 1 pothole, many cars will potentially have driven through it, damage may have been done and injury may have been sustained but that doesn't seem to matter. When I drive around the country, I enjoy mile after mile of resurfaced road until I return to Bucks when the lumpy, bumpy pothole ridden roads remain. Why, when we live in one of the more affluent areas of the country where by definition, there are more cars per hundred residents than probably any other part of the country do we have to suffer this poor service? What is needed here is to systematically resurface all of the roads as required in the district over a specified period. That way, we may actually be able to get ahead of the game and get back to a situation where an occasional repair may be acceptable.
Great! 2.5 million which will effectively get swallowed up in one large pothole. The roads of South Bucks are absolutely horrendous compared to other parts of the country. Our local council wastes millions of pounds doing shoddy repair jobs that don't last 5 minutes. They wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on the jetpatcher which is clearly not fit for purpose and now have a policy where a pothole has to stay a pothole until it reaches a category 1 level when it will be filled, only to pop out again a week or so later. During the time it takes to develop into a cat 1 pothole, many cars will potentially have driven through it, damage may have been done and injury may have been sustained but that doesn't seem to matter. When I drive around the country, I enjoy mile after mile of resurfaced road until I return to Bucks when the lumpy, bumpy pothole ridden roads remain. Why, when we live in one of the more affluent areas of the country where by definition, there are more cars per hundred residents than probably any other part of the country do we have to suffer this poor service? What is needed here is to systematically resurface all of the roads as required in the district over a specified period. That way, we may actually be able to get ahead of the game and get back to a situation where an occasional repair may be acceptable. T.C.
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12:24pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

T.C. wrote:
Great! 2.5 million which will effectively get swallowed up in one large pothole. The roads of South Bucks are absolutely horrendous compared to other parts of the country. Our local council wastes millions of pounds doing shoddy repair jobs that don't last 5 minutes. They wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on the jetpatcher which is clearly not fit for purpose and now have a policy where a pothole has to stay a pothole until it reaches a category 1 level when it will be filled, only to pop out again a week or so later. During the time it takes to develop into a cat 1 pothole, many cars will potentially have driven through it, damage may have been done and injury may have been sustained but that doesn't seem to matter. When I drive around the country, I enjoy mile after mile of resurfaced road until I return to Bucks when the lumpy, bumpy pothole ridden roads remain. Why, when we live in one of the more affluent areas of the country where by definition, there are more cars per hundred residents than probably any other part of the country do we have to suffer this poor service? What is needed here is to systematically resurface all of the roads as required in the district over a specified period. That way, we may actually be able to get ahead of the game and get back to a situation where an occasional repair may be acceptable.
Somebody else on my wavelength... now if we could only stop the waste of money patching.
Why not start claiming our money back for such poor work, not paying them to repair the same defects over and over again!
Wake up transport for bucks.
[quote][p][bold]T.C.[/bold] wrote: Great! 2.5 million which will effectively get swallowed up in one large pothole. The roads of South Bucks are absolutely horrendous compared to other parts of the country. Our local council wastes millions of pounds doing shoddy repair jobs that don't last 5 minutes. They wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on the jetpatcher which is clearly not fit for purpose and now have a policy where a pothole has to stay a pothole until it reaches a category 1 level when it will be filled, only to pop out again a week or so later. During the time it takes to develop into a cat 1 pothole, many cars will potentially have driven through it, damage may have been done and injury may have been sustained but that doesn't seem to matter. When I drive around the country, I enjoy mile after mile of resurfaced road until I return to Bucks when the lumpy, bumpy pothole ridden roads remain. Why, when we live in one of the more affluent areas of the country where by definition, there are more cars per hundred residents than probably any other part of the country do we have to suffer this poor service? What is needed here is to systematically resurface all of the roads as required in the district over a specified period. That way, we may actually be able to get ahead of the game and get back to a situation where an occasional repair may be acceptable.[/p][/quote]Somebody else on my wavelength... now if we could only stop the waste of money patching. Why not start claiming our money back for such poor work, not paying them to repair the same defects over and over again! Wake up transport for bucks. Mr Totterdge Hill
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