TfB is still active during the crisis
The coronavirus outbreak has been a trying time for the country, especially for those on the front line such as healthcare staff and emergency services. Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) has been continuing to ensure that the county’s roads are safe and well maintained for those that need to use them during this period.
To show our thanks and appreciation for NHS staff and other key workers, TfB has been using variable message signs (VMS) across Buckinghamshire to share a message of support in line with the weekly ‘clap for the NHS’. In addition to this, TfB worked in collaboration with a lighting company to light up the iconic places around Marlow in NHS blue. The images were shared across social media and were very well received by the public.
As well as our wonderful NHS, there are many other workers around the county maintaining key public services, and TfB is extremely proud of its own operational teams who are keeping things running smoothly.
Due to this commitment to service, the local road network is kept maintained so that essential workers can travel and deliveries can continue, allowing people to stay at home and the vulnerable to remain protected.
Whilst traffic volumes around Buckinghamshire are at an all-time low, TfB can also get ahead of the game with much needed repair works on main traffic routes without causing major disruption.
In Aylesbury, surfacing work will be carried out between May 4 and May 7 at Dominos Roundabout, A418 New Street / Cambridge Street. For the duration of this work, the Upper Hundreds Car Park will be closed. The residents and Shopmobility customers who currently use the car park will be contacted by the relevant teams. To also ensure minimal disruption to commuters, TfB has recently completed other essential works, including resurfacing Big Hand Mo’s / Hen and the Chickens Roundabout, also in Aylesbury.
Nick Naylor, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
“TfB is working hard to get as much work completed as possible during this time, to ensure easier journeys for the public when we get back to everyday life. We can assure you that our teams are following all Government guidelines while working and we have made additional provisions to keep them safe. Please remember to show them your respect if you are out on the network for any of your essential journeys.”
As well as planned essential works, TfB teams recently completed the emergency repair of a pothole outside an NHS worker’s residence. The repair would have been included in a much larger project, planned for the summer, however the damage was causing disruption to the family and the TfB team was on site quickly to complete the repair.
Teams were also dispatched to clear a flooding site in Taplow that was impacting residents’ homes and affecting pedestrian access. Specialist machinery had to be brought in from elsewhere in the country to fix the problem, and whilst awaiting its arrival TfB supplied sandbags to residents to hold off rising water. Once the machinery was in place, TfB’s teams successfully dealt the underlying cause of the problem and cleared the flooding.
So TfB is still out there playing its part, keeping the roads safe during this difficult time.