Keeping you moving

PUBLISHED: 16:29 13 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:30 20 February 2013

Keeping you moving

Keeping you moving

Transport for Buckinghamshire works at night to keep roads safe and traffic moving

Transport for Buckinghamshire works at night to keep roads safe and traffic moving

Winter gritting
Spreading salt on the roads is most effective when the gritting lorry can complete the route without getting stuck in traffic. It is also helpful to get the salt down before the road temperature drops in the evening and then before the morning rush hour. The runs are usually carried out at 7pm and/or at 4am. As of December 13, since the beginning of the winter season in October, the gritters had been out20 times.

Emergency works
If there is an incident at night, crews are ready to attend the scene. Crews are always on standby to go out at short notice and there is an out of hours emergency number to report issues that require an immediate response. Incidents such as fallen trees, vehicle collisions and flooding will all see TfB staff in attendance, even at night if it poses a danger to road users. Also undertaken are emergency road closures for the police.

Night scouts
Every three months, during the hours of darkness, TfB carries out countywide patrols to identify faulty street lights and illuminated signsand bollards. This is easier to do at night when all lights should be working. Although this is an effective way of proactively identifying faulty street lights and illuminated signsand bollards, TfB still encourages local community members to report faults that may not have been identified during the patrols. The last round of patrols picked up 3,354 faults, which will all have been repaired by Christmas. The next round of patrols will take place during January and February 2013.

Road resurfacing
In order to cause as little disruption as possible, a large proportion of the 'We're Working On It' road repair programme is carried out at night. This ensures that as few drivers are inconvenienced as possible and rush hours will not be impacted. In a lot of cases, these repairs require some kind of carriageway closure which may cause long delays if closed during the day time. Any residents that front on to the work will receive notification in advance and TfB endeavour to carry out all noisy operations before midnight. 39 different roads have had resurfacing work done at night since April 1, 2012. This is an invaluable way to deliver road resurfacing and at the moment, between 40% and 50% of normal resurfacing work is undertaken at night.

Jet Patching
Smaller planned road repairs such as potholefilling or patching work can be undertaken at night to make themost efficient useof the jet patcher vehicle. The machine carries all the necessary equipment torepair road defects and the treatment is carried out without the need for vibrating tools orrollers so there is no noise pollution. Two crews will use the machine - one during the day, and one during the night, to maximise the use of the vehicle and make as many repairs as possible.

Gully emptying
Gully emptying is sometimes carried out after dark as the kerbsides tend to be less busy, particularly around industrial estates.

Working after hours
TfB staff don't just work 9am to 5pm. Gangs will stay out on the job until the work's done, light permitting. Sometimes the roads throw up unforeseen issues or incidents occur on the network that require emergency repairs. If a temporary repair can be made without too much hassle during the day, then a planned permanent repair can be carried out after dark to minimise disruption to the traffic.

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