The county’s transport chief has pledged to repair potholes across Bucks after “record breaking” winter damage.

Bucks County Council (BCC) has seen an influx of pothole complaints after harsh winter weather destroyed countless roads– however Mark Shaw has assured frustrated residents they will not have to dodge potholes for much longer.

Last year BCC fixed 38,000 potholes – however this year it is expected to increase to 44,000, with many of the repairs expected to be completed by the end of the month.

He said: “This year, because we had the bad weather before Christmas, people’s complaints started literally on Boxing Day and they will probably carry through until the end of this month when we should have had a good crack at clearing many of the major pothole problems across the county.

“People want to know why a pothole can’t be fixed straight away but it’s very difficult. We can go out in the cold and wet weather but the repairs will only be temporary.

“If it’s on a major road or you need to have traffic lights to do the work, then that takes time to organise so we can’t always get there and sort it the next day. There's no magic wand that simply fixes everything.

“The worst thing people can do is just moan about potholes but not report them to us through FixMyStreet. If you report it we’ll act on it and we’ll sort it.”

Last month the county council agreed to spend an additional £1.2 million on damaged roads – bringing the total pot of cash for road repairs up to £20 million.

Cllr Shaw added: “We have got a £15 million resurfacing programme – that’s £10 million we get from the government and £5 million we put in from our own funds.

“That’s more than many councils do – many just spend the statutory money they get from government but we are putting 50% above it in terms of resurfacing.”

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