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Gorelands Lane after turning left at junction with Chesham Lane

Reported in the Pothole category by George Eykyn at 08:41, Fri 4 May 2018

Received by Buckinghamshire Council moments later

Dangerous stretch of road heavily potholed - covering most of width of whole road - looks like a dried *river bed*. Near a busy junction. Multiple, very wide potholes, probably 10cm deep. Cars suddenly stopping or swerving into oncoming lane. Dangerous surface for cyclists and two-wheelers, and likely cause of car collisions and damage to cars. Has been allowed to fester and get worse and worse. The photos don't to justice to how awful this is.

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    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 08:45, Fri 4 May 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 Council at 09:55, Wed 9 May 2018

  • Surely Bucks CC lose all credibility when their response to a road in this terrible state is: "We have now inspected the defect and no planned repair is necessary at this stage." ??

    Posted by Daniel Pollock at 22:36, Sun 27 May 2018

  • Agreed, Daniel. The idea that this disgraceful danger to people and vehicles is "Fixed" is Orwellian psy-ops from Bucks CC. I'd love to drive the Chief Executive's car over these huge potholes, at even modest speed. After this spot, we'd bump and grind our way along Oval Way in Gerrards Cross, whose festering deep potholes also sit ignored. Status of the Gorelands Lane potholed area is *not* "Fixed". Calling it that is mendacious and misleading, creating a bogus impression of work accomplished, problems resolved, repairs made. What a load of tosh.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by George Eykyn at 08:42, Mon 28 May 2018

  • Yes George, the situation is appalling. This road is kind of a "disaster area" from Nightingales Lane end all the way through to Maple Cross. The problem may be that as individuals we are fairly powerless. Pity we can't form some sort of "Buckinghamshire road users pressure group". They seem to waste resources inspecting & sometimes repairing individual potholes, then coming back and repeating the process - rather than repairing all the potholes that are clustered. Riding a bicycle on Gorelands feels like operating a pneumatic drill.

    Posted anonymously at 08:58, Thu 31 May 2018

  • I cannot understand how they can survey that site -- I drove it yesterday and the massive holes must be 10cm deep -- and pronounce it as not needing any repair. Then they have the chutzpah to mark the report "Fixed"! These holes are at an accident spot... forcing cars into each others' path... on a blind corner... by a junction... a few yards from the entrance to one of the county's main visitor attractions, the Chiltern Open Air Museum!! This item epitomises all that's wrong with our roads, and the way the county council (and its woeful contractors) fail to tackle the issue. Too much looking with a Nelsonian eye, more White Lines than Grandmaster Flash, and not enough action.

    Posted by George Eykyn at 09:34, Thu 31 May 2018

  • Very dangerous stretch of road,still not fixed noting previous reports!! Damaged my suspension, costing £180 to repair!!

    Posted anonymously at 15:52, Thu 13 September 2018

  • This system is a joke. When I reported this issue at the beginning of February I was informed that there had been zero reports of potholes on this junction. The number of reports here (20+) would indicate that is a straight-up lie. On one of the other reports the council have posted that the work was added to your programme of works on the 10th December. Well I have just spoken to the council and have been informed that they will not be conducting any repairs to the surface. It might be lethal - forcing traffic onto the wrong side of the road on a blind corner - but the holes aren't deep enough. Who is liable when a serious incident occurs?

    Posted anonymously at 09:54, Thu 7 March 2019

  • You were told a porky pie, then. I've been reporting this site probably for the guts of two years, if not more. The latest joke is they've put a warning sign up saying the road has "failed". No kidding! It failed a long time ago -- as did the inspection regime,. and the maintenance regime too. Irony of ironies, there is a burgeoning HS2 site about 200m away down Chesham Lane, creating loads more heavy traffic. But that's *new* infrastructure, which ministers love announcing. meanwhile we must watch our existing infrastructure crumble away in front of us, damaging our vehicles and endangering people's safety as cars swerve into the oncoming lane to avoid a suspension-crunching impact. @ Transport for Bucks, would you please re-inspect this site and the Chesham Lane road approaching HS2 site, that's got some really deep potholes in it, near the hairpin bend heading towards the Epilepsy Society.

    Posted by George Eykyn at 20:08, Sat 30 March 2019

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