UPDATED: Petition calls on Bucks County Council to fix ‘crumbling’ Stoke Hammond bypass

The A4146 Stoke Hammond bypass
The A4146 Stoke Hammond bypass

A petition has been launched calling on Bucks County Council to ‘fix’ the Stoke Hammond bypass and ‘bring it up to a decent standard.’

The petition claims that this stretch of the A4146, one of the main routes between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, is ‘crumbling’ and that action needs to be taken now.

The petition says: “This busy and important route is the main connection between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, yet it is littered with defects on both carriageways.

“It needs to be brought up to standard this summer.

“The road is only 11 years old yet is crumbling along its whole route.

“Bucks County Council should look at the condition the carriageway was constructed to by the contractors but needs to ensure full resurfacing/carriageway reconstruction is undertaken with urgency to bring this busy route to a decent standard.”

The petition was started on January 31 with Bucks County Council’s cabinet recommending to full council on February 12 that they should invest £4.5 million in resurfacing the bypass as part of the 2018/19 budget.

The council’s deputy transport cabinet member Paul Irwin said he recognised the road surface had deteriorated in the 10 years it had been open.

He said: “There’s always great pressure on our roads maintenance budget, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to increase our investment in the county’s roads in 2018/19.

“This is a road of strategic importance, and it needs resurfacing, which is why we’ve recommended the full council to invest £4.5m in a resurfacing programme.”

If full council agrees the 2018/19 budget tomorrow (Thursday) work on resurfacing the Stoke Hammond Bypass could start this summer.

The petition has been signed by 203 people so far and it runs until February 28 and can be viewed here

What are your experiences of the road surface on the Stoke Hammond bypass? E-mail neil.shefferd@jpress.co.uk with your thoughts on this petition.