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New road surface is dangerously slippery for horses using it

Reported via mobile in the Road surface category anonymously at 22:33, Tue 28 March 2023

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4370538.

The new road surface, laid in the last 4 weeks has increased the speed at which traffic can race up this road, whilst at the same time making it treacherously slippery for horses using this route. The surface is so smoothed out, with no grit which makes it like riding the horses on black ice. All three experienced horses struggled to safely navigate along the newly laid road surfacing on this stretch of road from Mentmore down towards Ledburn. It’s lethal. An accident waiting to happen. If a horse goes down, due to slipping on the surface, the rider will also be unseated. The consequences of such an accident, could prove lethal with the speed of the traffic on this stretch of road

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  • This has been passed to the local area technician to investigate the enquiry/issue regarding a pothole/road surface.

    During winter months we receive a very high number of reports regarding potholes or a poor road surface, it's easy to assume that potholes are formed due to roads being poorly maintained but that is not usually the case. There are many factors that can cause potholes, particularly during the winter months when water seeps in through cracks in the road surface, collecting underneath and when the water freezes, it expands and forces up the road surface in through cracks in the road surface.

    Our priority is always the safety of road users, so in some cases during busy periods a permanent repair is not always possible immediately. However, temporary repairs are a way to ensure the area is safe until such times as we can return to make a permanent repair.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 22:33, Tue 28 March 2023

  • Since my original safety complaint, I have since had a response from the British Horse Society who said 'The local authority does have a responsibility for all road users on the road and the road must be kept in condition which doesn’t endanger any road user.' That includes horses! There is far too much discrimination against equestrians, not helped by the added ignorance and arrogance of a majority of other road users. The very fact that by taking out the uneven road and levelling the undulations to make this road smoother for vehicular use, you have increased the speed at which vehicles can now safely use this road. By restructuring and resurfacing this stretch of road, with an ultra smooth surface you have increased the risk of and accident to a horse and rider by increasing the speed of traffic and the risk of a horse slipping on the unsuitable surface. Its like riding on black ice. You would not deem that acceptable for a motorised vehicle, why is it acceptable for a horse and rider?

    Posted anonymously at 15:50, Tue 4 April 2023

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