With the recent cold snap over, you may have noticed a few more potholes in our roads. This is normal after a period of below zero temperatures, and Transport for Buckinghamshire is laying on extra crews to tackle them, as a result.
These potholes are formed
through the ‘freeze-thaw’ cycle, where water gets into tiny imperfections or
cracks in the road surface and freezes, expanding and pushing the tarmac apart.
The water then thaws, creating bigger gaps in the road surface each time the
freeze-thaw occurs. When traffic travels over the weakened section of road, the
gaps cave in, creating potholes.
TfB says they are aware of
the increase in defects, but they do not know where many of these additional
issues have cropped up. Potholes can appear over-night, so a recently inspected
road may have appeared fine, only to break up soon after. They are urging road
users to report any problems they see.
Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire
County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said: “We really need everyone on
the roads to ‘be our eyes’ and take responsibility for reporting any defects
they spot. Our online reporting tool is so easy to use and every pothole
reported is inspected. We do have stringent criteria for the repair process, so
not every pothole will be immediately fixed. But those that do not meet
criteria for immediate repair will be closely monitored.”
Anyone can use the online
reporting system – just visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/telltfb.
If you spot a pothole that you think requires
urgent attention, please call TfB to report – 01296 382416.