£720,000 investment in 25 drainage improvement schemes
In the past year Transport for Buckinghamshire has spent £720,000 to make permanent drainage improvements at 25 flooding hotspots on Buckinghamshire roads.
The countywide drainage improvement programme was started in 2016 to create sustainable, long term solutions as part of our proactive approach to addressing some of the more significant drainage issues across the county. TfB has been working with County Councillors and local people to identify where road surface water and ineffective drainage are an issue, so that a long term solution can be found.
Each site chosen for drainage treatment is assessed and prioritised alongside other upcoming schemes. Local knowledge, safety concerns, site visits, scans and CCTV footage of existing drainage are taken into account before determining the priority of each site. A solution to the problem is then designed and built by a team of drainage specialists – in general the work will involve improving ditch capacity, making sure soakaways are sufficient, installing new gully systems, and upgrading pipe sizes to increase capacity.
County Councillor Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport has praised the efforts of the drainage scheme team: “I have received so much good feedback from my fellow councillors and local residents about the huge improvements brought about by TfB’s ongoing drainage scheme, and it’s a testament to the good work of all involved that the budget for this scheme has been increased for 2018-19. Improved drainage not only means safer roads, but also a longer life for the surface of that road because it isn’t constantly saturated with water anymore – money spent on drainage is money very well spent, it offers great value to the taxpayer. This scheme is a good example of really listening to local needs and putting road users and residents first – not only in the careful local consultation that is done to identify schemes, but also the efforts made to take full advantage of the road closures to collaborate with colleagues and get other work done in tandem.”
Since the start of the programme two years ago £1.4 million has been spent on improving 45 sites, and a further £1million has been allocated for 2018-19, an increase of almost £300k on the previous two years. The new drainage scheme will commence in April, and will include up to 40 new sites.