Council approves budget for essential road maintenance
Buckinghamshire County Council is delighted to have received a considerable increase in capital grant funding allocated by government for both highway maintenance and transport improvements for 2011/12.
The council capital budget increases from around £5 million to £16.8 million. Of this total Transport for Buckinghamshire plan to spend around £14.2 million on highway maintenance and £2.6 million on integrated transport improvements. Furthermore, the County Council has re-profiled its capital programme, allowing a further £2 million to be brought forward from 12/13 to 11/12.
The level of investment in recent years on road maintenance has not kept up with the deterioration of the roads because of the damage caused over recent severe winters therefore the majority of this very welcome additional funding will be spent on necessary repairs to roads and pavements across the county.
Of the £14.2 million highway maintenance budget, £11.7 will be spent on road resurfacing and the rest on bridge, street lighting and drainage repairs.
Work will include a programme of resurfacing and plane and patch on the more widely used but damaged roads along with treatments to make the roads more resilient through the winter.