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Wednesday 30 March 2011

Cheshire East roads given £2m cash boost


Work on damaged roads in Cheshire East is being bolstered by more than £2m of grant funding from central Government.

The Department for Transport has announced it is releasing £200m as an exceptional payment to help with much-needed road repairs, following severe winter weather experienced across the country.

It originally pledged £100m in February, but has doubled this funding due to savings the department made earlier in the financial year. Cheshire East is receiving more than twice the amount it got last year.

The Council’s environmental services team handled an eight-fold increase in pothole reports in January and engineers have been assessing damage to pinpoint where carriageway defects are.

Phil Sherratt, Head of environmental services at Cheshire East, said: “We are delighted to have received £2,048,626 from the Department for Transport and Cheshire East intends to make every penny count.

“Our highway network suffered significant damage from the severe weather over the November and December period and, just last month, we pledged an extra £500,000 from our own budget to ensure urgent attention to the problem.

“This additional funding from the Department for Transport is very welcome and, over the coming months, we will spend the money wisely to repair our roads and enhance the Cheshire East environment.”

Residents should report any defects to Cheshire East’s online fault reporting page at or on 0300 123 5020.

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