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Massive Pothole which has caused serious damage to my car

Reported via mobile in the Pothole category anonymously at 09:35, Wednesday 3 January 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council 2 minutes later. FixMyStreet ref: 5384654.

Pothole is situated on the left hand side of the road by the telegraph pole just before a property called Bonnybrook heading towards Risborough. Old repair that has failed. I can see there has been various reports of this pothole and the damage it has caused to other cars. This pothole should have been repaired as a matter of emergency. Driving 38 mph on 31/12/2023 at 18:00. Hit the pothole which caused immediate damage. Attempted to repair the tyre on the scene but tyre and alloy completely gone/broken. Two young children in the car and had to wait 3.5 hours on this dangerous road for a recovery truck to us home. Too dark to take picture on the scene so went back the following morning to take pictures.

The pothole is huge. 6-7 inches in depth.

The Road is in 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 09:37, Wednesday 3 January 2024

  • Update

    We are very pleased to tell you that the issue reported has now been resolved.

    Alongside our safety inspection policy, reports from the public help us to keep the roads in Buckinghamshire safe.

    State changed to: Fixed

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

This report is now closed to updates from the public. You can make a new report in the same location.