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Huge Pothole Already damaged 2 vehicles

Reported via desktop in the Pothole category anonymously at 11:26, Monday 1 January 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5373477.

Left hand side of road by the telegraph pole heading towards Risborough. Old repair failing along with whole left hand side of the road. Impossible to see in the dark. Has already damaged at least 2 vehicles I know of as both are currently disabled in the Hayfiled Development. Tyre and Alloy on mine gone and was only going about 35.

Depth = 5 Inches, Length = 25 Inches, Width = 15 Inches. Hit it in the rain last night so have gone back this morning and taken pictures with a tape measure.

Road in that area in generally negligent condition as it was repaired prior to May 2021 with the images on google street view from May 21 showing signs of damage that has only got worse over time.

Council has acknowledged road is in poor condition as works scheduled for 19th of January but has made no attempt at all to alert drivers of the poor condition of the road or made any attempt to mark the areas.

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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 creates 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 11:26, Monday 1 January 2024

  • Update

    The issue/defect has been made safe with a temporary repair. A permanent repair will be made when resource is available.

    Please be assured, we will continue to monitor the area in line with our Highways Safety Inspection Policy

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 19:25, Thursday 4 January 2024

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