Drivers should prepare for ‘unavoidable disruption’ during road works

From left: schemes delivery manager Dave Stewart, Bucks County Council's director of transport services Mike Freestone, and Kevin Allen, team leader for schemes delivery.
From left: schemes delivery manager Dave Stewart, Bucks County Council's director of transport services Mike Freestone, and Kevin Allen, team leader for schemes delivery.
  • Bosses have promised to do most problematic work during school holidays and evenings
  • Have asked motorists to ‘respect’ contractors who are doing very ‘important work’
  • Plea comes after some highways workers put in danger when angry drivers jumped red light
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Transport bosses have warned motorists to prepare for ‘unavoidable disruption’ while workers carry out the £25million in road improvements across the county over the next two years.

The Countywide Resurfacing Programme is being delivered by TfB on behalf of Bucks County Council and incorporates more than 220 schemes, which include both main routes and residential roads.

Mike Freestone, Bucks County Council’s director of transport services, said: “With a programme of this size, there will be unavoidable disruption on the network for which we apologise in advance, however we will ensure that we programme the most disruptive of the schemes during the school holidays.

“We will also carry out a significant amount of this work overnight which will help to minimise the effect of this programme on travelling public.”

Transport for Bucks’ service director Simon Dando is appealing to motorists to ‘respect’ the workers while they carry out their ‘important’ work.

Mr Dando said: “Unfortunately a minority of motorists are discourteous to our workforce, and even putting them in danger by driving at speed through traffic lights.

“Please give them the respect that they deserve whilst they carry out their important work.”

The road treatment types have been determined by TfB engineers and will vary to meet the needs of each individual site.

Yesterday morning saw the launch of the programme as highways workers got stuck into pre-patching work on the A41 Bicester Road near Waddesdon in preparation for the surface dressing treatment, which is due to take place in July.

A £10million portion of the £25million total funding – which is the largest chunk of cash invested in the county’s road network since the launch of TfB in 2009 – has been allocated for market testing to evaluate other options of carrying out future works.

Unfortunately a minority of motorists are discourteous to our workforce, and even putting them in danger by driving at speed through traffic lights.

Simon Dando, Transport for Bucks’ service director

Full details of the Countywide programme are currently being finalised and will be posted at buckscc.gov.uk/transport.

Motorists can also follow the progress on Twitter at @TfBalerts. Daily tweets will be sent to show where the works are being carried out, but residents and businesses affected by the works will be notified in advance of specific works taking place.