In the 2018 Autumn Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the government was to make £420m available to councils in England for local highways maintenance. This included:
the repair of potholes
keeping local bridges and structures open and safe
to help aid other minor highway works that may be needed during the 2018/19 financial year
As part of this budget allocation, Bracknell Forest Council was allocated £798,600 from the government’s pothole action fund to undertake work on some of the borough’s worst affected ‘potholed’ roads.
Between December 2018 and April 2019, the council completed re-surfacing works to a number of streets across the borough ranging from principal roads to residential roads.
The work undertaken varied according to location but included inlay resurfacing (removal of existing wearing course and replacement with new) and micro-surfacing (overlaying existing surfaces with a thin wearing course).
The additional government funding allocation enabled this work programme to be expanded and included the following roads/type of roads:
Table showing roads, the works done and the cost.
Type of surfacing
A3095 Maidenhead Road
2 areas of inlay patching
A329 Berkshire Way
Multiple areas of inlay patching
Old Wokingham Road
48 residential roads
Micro-surfacing (thin surfacing overlay)
To ensure that this type of funding is targeted to those streets which are in most need of maintenance work, targeted sites are identified by an appointed independent specialist surveying company who grade each street in the borough according to its condition. This assessment takes into the extent of potholes and linear cracking within the existing surface. This assessment takes place during the summer months each year.
In addition, the council uses local knowledge from its team of highway inspectors who routinely inspect each street within the borough.
These works were undertaken by the council’s term highway maintenance contractor, using specialist surfacing sub-contractors.