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A355 Collapsed Man-hole cover adajcent "The Coach House"

Reported via desktop in the Manhole cover broken/missing category anonymously at 14:00, Monday 19 February 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5599539.

As observed circa mid-day, 19/02/2024 South-west carriageway, near apex of road, collapsed concrete manhole cover, dimensioned 2ft x 2ft, creating a 1-2ft hole in the centre of the road, sufficient to damage offside vehicle running wheels and cause an accident.

This road is a heavily used high-speed cross-country main road, used by cars and lorries. Its a country road and unlit and road conditions AM were wet.

Originally reported by a third party on 15th February but nothing appears to have been done. As of mid-day today there was no signage or warnings or speed restrictions to inform the motorist of this severe hazard, similarly the dangerous location hasn't be cordonned-off.

I have today reported this to Buckinghamshire County Council using their telephone service. They have assured me that their Emergency Road Maintenance Contractor (Atkins) emergency team has been tasked to visit the location today (19/02/2024):-


I have reported the issue to Thames Valley Constabulary under the following reference:-


Lets hope no body gets hurt

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  • Almost all manhole covers have some form of identification on them, and it is likely that the manhole cover is owned by a utility company, who are legally responsible for maintaining it.

    This report has been passed to the Highway Officer, who will carry out an inspection within the next 10 working days and if it is found to be the responsibility of Buckinghamshire Highways we will take the appropriate action. If, however, it is found to be the responsibility of the utility company we will report the issue to them, but please note we have no control regarding how long it will take to be fixed by the utility company.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 14:00, Monday 19 February 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 10:36, Friday 23 February 2024

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