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Potholes stretching entire width of road

Reported via Android in the Pothole category by Andy Pitt at 12:54, Wed 11 April 2018

Received by Buckinghamshire County Council moments later

These potholes have been left unrepaired for months now making drivers swerve across the road towards oncoming traffic to avoid. They stretch almost the entire road width now and need fixing urgently.

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    Posted by Buckinghamshire County Council at 12:55, Wed 11 April 2018

  • Thank you for your report. We have now inspected the defect and no planned repair is necessary at this stage. Please be assured that we will continue to inspect in line with our Highway Safety Inspection Policy. Thank you for reporting this matter and this report is now closed.
    Transport for Buckinghamshire

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Buckinghamshire County Council at 14:24, Wed 11 April 2018

  • I'm sorry, but this cannot be closed without repair to the DANGEROUS road that is damaging cars daily and causing cars to swerve across the carriageway into oncoming traffic. There is no way of avoiding these massive potholes in this area without driving illegally over chevron lines in the centre of the road or risking damage to your own vehicle by driving through them. Please re-open this request and fix these as they are dangerous.

    Posted by Andy Pitt at 15:38, Wed 11 April 2018

  • In accordance with the guidelines published by The Road Liaison Group and endorsed by The Department for Transport: Well-maintained Highways – Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance.

    B3 DEFICIENCY AND RISK B3.1 Whether these defects should be treated as Category 1 in particular circumstances and the nature and speed of response will depend, amongst other things, upon the assessed risk posed by:

    1. The depth, surface area or other degree of deficiency of the defect or obstruction; - The potholes in question stretch nearly the entire width of the road, they are impossible to miss unless you are riding a unicycle at 5mph on a 50mph road.

    2. The volume, characteristics and speed of traffic; Major transport link road with heavy use and 50mph speed limit, meaning traffic is hitting the potholes at dangerous speeds.

    3. The location of the defect relative to highway features such as junctions and bends; Across 1 complete carriageway, directly behind a crossing island and next to a chevron section approaching a right turn waiting area in the middle of the road.

    4. The location of the defect relative to the positioning of users, especially vulnerable users, such as in traffic lanes or wheel tracks; It is impossible to miss these pot holes with your wheels unless you travel over the chevron markings illegally into the centre of the busy road towards other traffic in the opposite direction also doing 50mph. The closing speed for an accident caused by these defects would be 100mph with loss of life a very real potential risk.

    5. The nature of interaction with other defects; There are more dangerous pot holes along these sections of road from the A41 off ramp at Tring hill right down into Aston Clinton. The A41 off ramp road surface has completely deteriorated now and is very dangerous with slippers gravel from failed previous repairs covering the braking areas.

    6. Forecast weather conditions, especially potential for freezing of surface water. Potential hazard of filled with water, frozen into ice as this stretches across the entire carriageway.

    I urge you to re-consider fixing these potholes before someone is fatally hurt in an accident.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Andy Pitt at 16:55, Wed 11 April 2018

  • Local council will not fix these issues no matter how many times they are reported by different people or how severe or dangerous they are.

    Posted by Andy Pitt at 13:21, Wed 9 May 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Still not fixed.

    Posted by Andy Pitt at 13:38, Wed 6 June 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • This problem is STILL not fixed and STILL very dangerous. I witness cars daily having to swerve into the middle of the road towards oncoming traffic to avoid these potholes and damage to their vehicles. This needs to be fixed.

    Posted by Andy Pitt at 14:39, Wed 4 July 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • STILL NOT FIXED. STILL DANGEROUS. Absolute disgrace.

    Posted by Andy Pitt at 14:35, Wed 1 August 2018

  • STILL NOT FIXED. STILL DANGEROUS. Absolute disgrace.

    Posted by Andy Pitt at 15:01, Wed 1 August 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire


    Every day I watch cars have to swerve out of lane dangerously into oncoming traffic to avoid these potholes damaging their vehicles.

    Posted by Andy Pitt at 15:32, Wed 29 August 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • I’ve just got a flat tyre from this pair of pot holes!! I’ve been abroad for a week, came back to find the pot holes considerably worse - definitely need reinspecting and urge they are fixed soon before more flat tyres occur or an accident happens from drivers swerving to avoid them. How many more times does this have to be reported?!

    Posted by Eli Tweed at 14:50, Wed 12 September 2018


    They just ignore every issue no matter how costly or dangerous.

    Every single day I watch cars having to swerve out of the way of these potholes into the path of oncoming traffic just to avoid yet more damage. I've lost count how many cars I've seen with punctures due to these potholes now.



    Posted by Andy Pitt at 16:12, Wed 26 September 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

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