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£11.85m boost for local roads

Created on 15/03/2017 @ 09:24
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Local roads will receive a spending boost after the council’s capital strategy was approved.

An additional £11.85m will be spent on road infrastructure in the county over the next three financial years. But it has also been revealed that there is a maintenance backlog estimated at £57m across the highway network.

The spending plans form part of the council’s overall capital investment strategy, which were approved by full council last month (February).

Cllr John Brunt, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “As part of these plans, nearly £12m of that investment will be dedicated to the county’s road network which is good news for road users as well as providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

“While this is excellent news for the highway network we accept that more work is needed in the future and that despite this latest additional investment the overall road conditions will still deteriorate but a reduced rate.

“There are still significant challenges ahead with a maintenance backlog estimated at £57m across the highway network and a year on year reducing revenue budget. This capital investment will therefore be targeted and prioritised to maximise its effectiveness.”


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