Thursday, 30 March 2017

Broughton Lane Bridge, Aylesbury, closed after collision

UPDATED - TfB urges road users not to move safety barriers on Broughton Bridge

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) has become aware that some road users have moved safety barriers at Broughton Lane bridge, and attempted to use the road. TfB will now need to monitor the site daily to ensure the barriers remain in place, and wishes to impress on all road users the importance of not vandalising the traffic management measures (barriers, signs and cones) that have been put in place – these are to maintain the public’s safety as the bridge has been severely damaged. 

Broughton Bridge damage

Transport for Buckinghamshire received a call today, Thursday 30th March, from the Canals and River Trust, who are responsible for the maintenance of Broughton Lane bridge, requesting an emergency road closure after a vehicle hit the bridge. TfB have closed the road at the old Stocklake junction and the entrance to the canal car park, and set up a diversion route through Aylesbury.

Alternative routes for local drivers are Tring Road, Oakfield Road, Douglas Road, Bierton Road, Aylesbury Road, Burcott Lane, and Stocklake. TfB has halted several nearby, planned roadworks to help ease congestion while the road is closed and the diversion is in place.

The vehicle has been removed from site, but the road closure will remain in place while the Canals and River Trust carry out a survey of the damage, and determine any repairs that need to be done. The bridge will remain closed for a month, initially, and possibly longer if the repairs required are extensive. Timescales will be clearer when the survey is complete. 

Diversion map: 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

TfB Teams work through the night to spring clean A412 Denham

Morning commuters on the A412 may have noticed the road looking ship shape today after Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) teams worked over night to carry out maintenance, clearance, and drainage works on the road.

More than 20 TfB team members worked the night shift, closing the road at 8pm last night, Wednesday 22nd March, to make pothole repairs, carry out small scale resurfacing, and clear drainage channels – as well as cutting some new ones. As a result of the investigations carried out to the drainage systems, only possible under a full road closure, more improvements will be scheduled later in the year.

The roadsides got the ‘once over’ too – vegetation was cleared to improve visibility for drivers, and road signs were cleaned, all in time to reopen the road at 5am ahead of the Thursday commuting hours. The team had also been in place earlier in the day, with lane closures only between 9.30am and 3.30pm so as not to disrupt traffic at peak hours.

County Councillor Mark Shaw, who is the cabinet member for transportation, praised the team for their hard work, and for using their initiative to multi task while the road was closed, saying ‘it’s great that the team managed to kill several birds with one stone, achieving so much in one road closure, causing minimal disruption to local residents. It was really forward thinking of the local team to use their time and equipment efficiently and effectively, to give a really good service to the local community – I’d like to thank them for working through the night and making such an impact on the quality of the road. Well done all!’