My earliest blog articles, in March 2007, were about potholes. I think I’ve written well over over 30 on potholes and roads.
I learned quickly how to identify a pothole and a road surface delamination. Both make for uncomfortable driving. Obviously potholes are the more serious, especially for motorbikers or cyclists. I can’t find the definition of a pothole on the Surrey County Council website. I think I once found out the definition on their website – greater than 3 deep and six inches wide.
More common is road surface delamination. This is where layers of the road surface are worn away. The Maultway in Heatherside currently has large areas of delamination.
Yesterday, in Lightwater, I drove over a potholes in Guildford Road and delaminated surface in Briar Avenue. It’s not just Lightwater suffering, it’s everywhere, as the latest Annual Road Maintenance survey shows. Here are my photos of the potholes and delamination. I’ve yet to report the potholes, which is an easy process. I’ve just got to get round to do it.
The 22nd Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey is published on 28th March 2017. I’ve followed this annual survey on the state of our roads for many years. We don’t seem to be making much of an impression on the road repair backlog.
Alan Mackenzie, Chairman of the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), comments on the Local Government Association’s statement on 2017 potentially becoming a tipping point for local roads:
“Prolonged under investment, coupled with wetter winters, increased traffic and an ageing network, means that the resilience of our local roads is at a low point. Clearing the maintenance backlog is impossible without a significant increase in funding.”
“The fact remains that our local road network receives only a fraction of the funding allocated to the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and this disparity needs to be tackled proactively if further decline is to be prevented.”
The 2017 survey report contains plenty of data to digest. Here’s the table of the key findings from the report, click on image to expand.
I’m sure you’ll know of the unfortunate saga about Woodlands Lane Bridge – a couple of my reports HERE and HERE. The bridge was demolished in November 2016, adding to traffic congestion on local roads. The planned re-opening of a new bridge is advertised as being in the Winter of 2017/18.
It maybe that you’ve missed seeing, on the M3, there’s work underway to replace the bridge. Below is my photo of the work, taken today. Subsequently, I visited the Balfour Beatty site on New Road to enquire as to when the work would be completed. See the latest Highways England progress report on the bridge replacement.
The answer I received was they are hoping to complete by the end of 2017, perhaps might extend into January 2018 if things don’t go to plan. A key part of the work to be completed is to erect a bridge support pier in the central reservation.
The good news is that work on the replacement of the bridge is progressing, as it should be. Looks like it’ll end up as only 14 months without a bridge – still far too long.
At the Thursday evening – 2nd March – meeting of the Surrey Heath Local Area Committee, held at St Lawrence School in Chobham, the committee noted the response to the petitions from Surrey Highways.
I know the response below was in the committee agenda, which many of you will have read. I just thought you’d want to know that this response was agreed by the committee, without objection.
SUMMARY OF ISSUE: The Local Committee received two signed petitions by local residents requesting the Local Committee provide additional parking spaces in Lightwater. One of the petitions read “To ask Surrey County Council to investigate the viability and options to increase the number of parking spaces in Lightwater Village Centre”.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The Local Committee (Surrey Heath) is asked to note: (i) Residents of Lightwater have met with Officers and Members of Surrey County Council with a proposal to increase the amount of parking in Lightwater centre. (ii) The proposal was reviewed and determined to have a substantial cost implication that cannot be met by the Local Committee in the current financial climate. (iii) Surrey County Council Parking Team will review introducing time limited parking bays within the highway limit during the next Surrey Heath parking review.
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS: The proposals reviewed by Surrey Highways Officers included works on private land and conversion of footway into carriageway. Both aspects of the proposal have significant financial implications that cannot be considered by the Local Committee at the current financial situation. However, it was agreed that introducing time limited bays at certain points would encourage a regular turnover of vehicles in the centre.
On Thursday, 2nd March this week is a meeting of Surrey Heath Local Committee. It’s being held at St Lawrence School in Chobham. The meeting begins at 6.0 pm with 30 minutes of public questions. View the meeting AGENDA, in which you will see that car parking provision in Lightwater is in the agenda.
A reasonably frequent occurrence at the junction of Macdonald Road with Red Road. This one was yesterday.
It was a rotten rainy day yesterday. Even so, I ventured out, and in doing so found a failure in a road surface.
At the junction of Lightwater Road and Guildford Road, right by the mini-roundabout, the road is both subsiding and breaking up. Repair crews look ready to investigate. See my photo
This isn’t the first time there’s been a issue here. In 2014, after months of an increasing water leak at the mini-roundabout, the road was dug up and a water main was replaced. If memory serves me correctly, even this wasn’t the first issue at this spot, sadly I’ve no photo, so can’t be sure of the date.
Here are my photo’s of the 2014 road repair, and the 2017 road in need of repair. Funnily, the same is true of the water main break on the bridge over the M3 on the Maultway, last year’s major water main burst was preceded by a similar one one a couple of years earlier.