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Bucks roads are worse than Third World ones
10:50am Sunday 8th July 2012 in Your Letters
AS someone who has spent many frustrating hours talking to Buckinghamshire’s “Highways on Call” attempting to identify the location of a pot hole I am encouraged to read in the BFP (Motors, June 22) that Transport for Bucks has at last realised that the existing system has failed.
For at least ten years, the roads in Bucks and particularly the rural roads have all suffered from continuous neglect.
Today, many of the rural roads in the county are in a worse condition than those in Third World countries.
The amateurish filling in of pot holes will never solve the problem when large areas of the road surface have broken up and the road needs resurfacing.
The existing system operated by Transport for Bucks to identify the location of pot holes is archaic. The system is driven by street and house number reference. Once you move into the countryside, very few rural lanes have identifiable names and there are no houses.
Bockmer Road is a country lane that runs from Rotten Row to its junction with Hooks Lane on Marlow Common. Except for a short section of the lane where it passes through Bockmer End, its boundaries are woods and open countryside. Identifying a pot hole relative to the fourth beech tree on the left after the bend makes it almost impossible to locate the pot hole.
It is also frustrating for those people reporting pot holes. It is in fact a system from the Dark Ages.
I would request therefore, that Transport for Bucks also updates it mapping system so that road defects can be identified from either Ordnance Survey map references and/or data from Satnav units which will provide a location accurate within a few meters.
Anthony Weeden, Bockmer End, Nr Marlow
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