Freedom of information request about road maintenance

Conor Monaghan made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Buckinghamshire County Council

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Dear Buckinghamshire County Council,

Under the general requirements of the Freedom of Information Act
2000, I would be grateful if you would provide the following
information in relation to full section of Winchbottom Lane that runs
from Wycombe Road to Heath End Road (the whole
section between both locations)

Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in
the two years preceding the 21st March 2015

o Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety
inspections in the two years preceding the 21st March 2015

o Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken,
including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection
vehicle and the number of persons in the vehicle.

o The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.

o Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the
carriageway as mentioned above, received in the two years preceding
21st March 2015

o The hierarchy classification.

o The road/section number.

o The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the
identification of all categories of carriageway potholes and ensure
this include your intervention criteria in respect of road camber

o The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair
(temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

o Whether or not the authority has formally adopted all or part of
the standards contained within the national code of practice for
highways maintenance management.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ball

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Buckinghamshire County Council

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Perrin, Louise, Buckinghamshire County Council

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Dear Mr Ball




Thank you for contacting Buckinghamshire County Council.


Your request for information has now been considered and the information
you have requested is as follows and attached.


The dates of the safety inspections carried out on  Winchbottom Lane,Lt
Marlow as well as all defects identified and complaints received for the
two years preceding your request dated 28^th April 2015. are detailed in
the attached copy documents. (Please note that our database records this
length of carriageway as Winchbottom Lane, Lt Marlow which extends from
Wycombe Road, Marlow to Marlow Road, Lt Marlow). If however, you require
more information covering a different section of Winchbottom Lane please
do not hesitate to contact us.


Winchbottom Lane is an unclassified road and numbered ZU686.  As such
inspections are carried out at least once a year. In this particular case
carriageway inspections are carried out two times per year. There is no
road section number.


Safety inspections of the carriageway are undertaken from a moving vehicle
travelling at a maximum speed of 20mph with two persons present in the
vehicle due to the classification of the road.


Hierarchy classification: This road is deemed to be maintenance category
4b which is an Urban/Rural Unclassified road.


The defect intervention criteria for a category 1 carriageway defect is 40
mm or greater in depth and 300 mm in length or width.


The time period for a repair to be carried out after identification of a
category 1 defect would be within a period of 24 hours for a pothole that
meets the above criteria. If a temporary repair is undertaken to a
category 1 defect, then a permanent repair will be carried out within 28
days. Other, less severe defects or larger structural problems will be
programmed for appropriate repair over a longer time period, generally
between 7 to 28 days, or as part of a routine maintenance programme and
would depend on the severity of the defect.


The Council's current inspection policy was originally reviewed and set in
accordance with the National Code of Practice following it's publication
in 1989.


As we are sure you will be aware, the recent adverse weather conditions
have led to the rapid deterioration of many roads across Buckinghamshire,
indeed across most of the UK.  The conditions were extreme and the marked
increase in reporting road defects has evidenced this.


Buckinghamshire County Council as the Highway Authority has done
everything, so far as reasonably practicable, in all circumstances, to
deal with the situation and comply with our maintenance and inspection
procedure.  The Council has diverted substantial sums of money to engage
additional resources to repair this unexpected and unprecedented amount of
damage and our teams continue to work diligently throughout the county to
find and repair these problems.


If you have any further queries or concerns then please contact me.


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Head of Legal and Democratic Services

Buckinghamshire County Council

County Hall



HP20 1UA

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Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane 
SK9 5AF 
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Louise Perrin
Freedom of Information Specialist Support Officer
Freedom of Information Team
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Buckinghamshire County Council
County Hall
Walton Street
HP20 1UU




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