This month we have seen the return of TFB to Valley Road and the promised works have continued.
Just one additional road drain is planned in this round of work – this is located by the bus stop outside village hall community shop. The bulk of the work is targeted at improving the flow of surface water piped underground from the bottom of coombe lane through to the open ditch that runs down to the pumping station.
To this end, an additional pipe is being added (two exist underground at present) and also several chambers are being added to help flow, connections and access.
Any works to improve the road camber will be the subject of future works, but we understand that the current round of work should involve raising the lip to drives to the houses that have been flooded in the past.
The DIG AGM this year will be held on Wednesday 11th July at 7.30pm at Paul & Carolyn Woodford’s home (Elwood, Valley Road – located 4 houses down from the wooden bus stop on the east side of Valley Road).
In mid-May Transport for Bucks started the long expected improvements to the village hall area of Valley Road in an attempt to improve the road drainage.
The major part of the work carried out so far is the jetting of pipes and culverts. also the clearing of the ditch that runs down to the pumping station. This is all very welcome.
We had thought that additional drains would be installed and indeed at one point traffic lights were set up, but then apart from the delivery of some large pipes, now resting under the birches, little more has happened. However, we understand that a further round of work will start soon…….
The night of Sunday 27th May saw a prolonged series of thunderstorms across the country, with many areas experiencing flooding from the accompanying rain.
In the valley, we suffered a fair amount and the thunder was very loud on several occasions. However, as far as Valley Road was concerned, this coped better than usual with the downpour. In fairness, we have seen harder rain and for longer periods, but during the very intense periods, Valley Road did not become overly awash nor did the drains become overwhelmed.
We saw the rain flowing along the pavement at a fair rate, but as far as we know nobody had water run down their drives and into their garages.
During the heaviest rain late in the evening my wife and I checked the state of the road from our front bedroom and noticed an individual moving in the area of the bus stop opposite the village hall. He appeared to be taking photos of the drains, and would then disappear for a few minutes before returning and doing it again. He was not dressed for the weather and looked like he was getting drenched. We had thought this to be a neighbour accumulating evidence of a problem, but did not recognise who it was, nor could we understand it because the road drains seemed to be coping well.
Several days later, the mystery was solved. Debs Lemon had received a mail from Jonathan Roberts, project engineer with TFB. He had indicated that after the clearing of ditches and the jetting of the road drainage system in Valley Road near the hall, a camera survey was carried out. This was then to be analysed with a view determining the extent of the second part of the drainage improvements.
In his mail, Jonatan revealed that he had been in the area when the thunderstorm was at its height on Sunday 27th and had taken the opportunity to take videos of how the drainage system actually worked when under pressure. This was an invaluable experience as far as he was concerned; previously both Debs Lemon and I sent images and short video clips to TFB, but it must help for Robert to have seen it for himself.
TFB are now deciding on a number of measures to increase capacity of the system and increase the rate of removal of surface water from the carriageway. In the slightly longer term, Jonathan has recommended that the carriageway is reprofiled because it has very little camber, hence surface water will remain on the surface for longer and increase the amount of the splashing. This combined with the improvements to the drainage should make the situation a lot better.