Plane and Patch has proved a popular method of repairing pothole clusters across local roads in Buckinghamshire.
In early 2019, a £4 million programme treated more than 100 roads and proved so successful that an additional £1 million was allocated to this treatment, starting in November 2019 and treating 27 more roads.
While this work is due for completion by the end of March, the exceptional period of wet weather during the winter has caused further deterioration. To address this, further funding has again been added, enabling work to continue on recently identified areas of deterioration.
In all, it is anticipated that £5 million of Plane and Patch work will now take place between March and the end of May, incorporating more than 100 extra schemes.
Transport for Buckinghamshire technicians, who have a broad knowledge of their areas, working from their area transport depots in Amersham, High Wycombe and Aylesbury, recommend the areas to receive Plane and Patch treatment, to ensure that the worst are prioritised.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member Mark Shaw went to check on some of the Plane and Patch sites with his deputy Paul Irwin and said: ‘This type of road repair treatment is particularly effective in the more minor residential areas and offers great value for money as TfB can focus the repair towards pothole clusters.
‘I’m sure that residents will be very pleased that we will embark on another round of Plane and Patch in March.
‘Parts of our network have severely suffered during the recent storms and sustained wet weather (February was the wettest on record!) and I’m pleased that we are able to sustain continued funding to target repairs at those locations where they are most urgently required.’
While every effort will be made to minimise disruption, some urgent repairs are necessary on busier routes and therefore some unplanned disruption is likely.
Plane and Patch treatment complements the larger scale road-surfacing programme, which is largely targeted at maintaining strategic routes, preventing them falling into a condition where they would then require more expensive structural work.
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