CHAPTER 17 ROAD REPAIR SERVICES

The Road Repair Services were not technically part of Civil Defence and, in the initial stages of the War, the Government regarded the Local Authority as entirely responsible for the repair and restoration of the highway, the whole of the cost to be borne by the Local Authority. After the blitz of 1940/41 had commenced, it speedily became evident that while this responsibility for undertaking repairs would have to be borne by the Local Authority, assistance would also be required from neighbouring Authorities in certain cases owing to the large amount of material required for sewer and other Service repairs. In some cases pooling arrangements were instituted and in others stocks were built up to cover a wider area than that of one Local Authority.

Financially, also, the system of isolation broke down and the Government announced that it would bear the cost of war damage repairs to roads. (This incidentally was only equitable inasmuch as the use of roads - particularly main roads - is not confined to local inhabitants but is common to any persons desiring to pass through a Borough.) From the beginning of the War we maintained two Road Repair Squads standing-by each night; one at Fulbourne Road Depot and the other at Low Hall Farm Depot.

The men did excellent work and, in addition to removing U.X. shells, referred to in another Section, and to the sandbagging of U.X. shells, bombs and mines, they also were able speedily to rope-off and indicate with red lamps dangerous or blocked roads. In addition, on many occasions, they were called to deal with trees or debris which had fallen across the roadway owing to high winds during gale periods, items which would have effectively blocked roads for the passage of C.D. vehicles desirous of getting to an Incident.

Part I - General

Part IIa - The Services

Part IIb - The Services

Part III - The Story of the Raids

Part IV - Flying Bombs & Rockets

Part V - To the Unknown Citizen