I know how important the state of our roads is to all of us in Wycombe. Thankfully, walking and driving through the town, it is easy to see a great improvement in our roads, with repairs happening more quickly.
In September, I released a blog post about the progress that has been made on road repairs across Buckinghamshire and Wycombe. You can read it in full here.
Over the past couple of months, I have been glad to see the Council make further progress on road improvements. Earlier this year almost everyone I met talked about the state of the roads but now no one raises them.
It has been great to see Frogmoor resurfaced, and to drive on the newly resurfaced Desborough Road and Hillbottom Road. I’m pleased to also see repairs completed on Oxford Road, The Pastures, Lane End Road, and New Road this year. I know there’s also been micro-surfacing on Tyzack Road, St. Andrew’s Close, Larkfield Close, and Five Acre Wood, and other roads will have work done on them soon.
These repairs are thanks to Bucks Council’s investment of £7.3 million, and with this, increasing the number of staff at work on our roads.
In addition to the projects which have already been completed, there are 22 further works in progress across Buckinghamshire, with 15 teams working on road repairs around the clock, seven days a week. The Council continues to roll out a programme of bigger improvement works, with over 200 larger resurfacing, drainage, and road safety projects on specific sections of the highways.
On a national level, the Government is investing more than £5 billion in highways maintenance over the course of this Parliament with £2.7 billion invested in the maintenance of England’s local highway network outside London in 2020-21 and 2021-22 alone. At the 2023 Budget, the Chancellor announced an additional £200 million for local authorities, such as Buckinghamshire Council, to repair potholes.
As we head into the colder months, roads across the UK will face further damage. I know that Bucks Council will continue at pace to keep up with the impact of the winter weather.