Community Infant School
Bernard Hall, Cuddington
By Haddenham Webteam - 9th July 2018 8:00pm
Transport for Buckinghamshire are getting the gritters out of summer retirement to tackle the effect of the prolonged hot temperatures on the roads.
Road surface temperatures are much hotter than the ambient air temperature, and are now regularly exceeding 50 degrees C by mid-afternoon in places, causing some road surfaces to soften.
As bitumen bleeds through to the road surface it can look very black and slick, particularly on roads that are subject to a high level of turning and braking movements from traffic, or that do not get any shade.
Buckinghamshire County Council's Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member Mark Shaw commented: "This is not a problem unique to Buckinghamshire, roads are suffering all over the country at the moment as this unbelievable weather persists! Look out for our gritters spreading sand and dust over the roads in Bucks over the coming days and weeks, to absorb the bitumen and help prevent deterioration of the road surface. My huge thanks go to Transport for Bucks teams working in sweltering temperatures to keep the roads safe."
The gritters will continue operating until the extreme hot weather conditions subside, and road surfaces return to a more normal temperature.
The country is currently experiencing the longest period of consistent hot weather since 1976, with temperatures frequently reaching 29 degrees C and above, with no sign of things cooling down soon. This hot weather is also impacting on the progress of the summer road resurfacing programme, because temperatures are too high to lay down certain types of surface treatments.
Whilst there are not currently expected to be any long term effects to the condition of the highway network, road users are asked — as usual — to exercise care while travelling, including taking care of their vehicles and themselves. While vehicle breakdowns are no more likely in hot weather than any other time, the conditions would be very hot and uncomfortable. Cars should be checked before longer journeys and motorists should carry plenty of water to keep hydrated.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
We are pleased to announce that a further supply of flu vaccines has safely arrived at the practice. More flu clinic appointments are now available to book online and through reception. Please book online if you can to help our very busy reception team. Please book an appointment only if you are eligible for a free NHS flu jab. For now, we are prioritising those over 65 years of age and...
Walk-in COVID booster vaccinations available at Stoke Mandeville this Friday & SaturdayEligible people can 'walk in' for their COVID-19 booster, six months after their second dose, at the Guttmann Centre vaccination site in Aylesbury, operated by Oxford Health, this Friday and Saturday (15th & 16th October) from 9.30am-7pm.Those eligible for the COVID booster programme...
On Thursday 14th October Mr Clifford Rennie appeared at Wycombe Magistrates Court, charged with two counts of causing death by driving without due care and attention — the second hearing of the case in relation to the deaths of local cyclists, Damien Natale and Andy Coles.The prosecuting lawyer indicated that there was no evidence that Mr Rennie was exceeding the 60 mph speed limit or that he...