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Wednesday 24 December 2014

Council gets new funding to pay for road repairs


Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can look forward to an even smoother journey on Cheshire East’s roads in future, thanks to a £54.5m government funding package for highway improvements and potholes over the next six years.

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced a record £6bn to be spent on tackling potholes across the country between 2015 and 2021.

Councils will get £976m a year to spend and Cheshire East will receive £10.5m for the financial year 2015/16.

The Council has already directed huge resources towards highways maintenance and pothole repairs and the funding will help to replenish the department’s coffers.

Reacting to the news, which was first signalled in the Chancellor’s autumn statement, Councillor David Topping, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for service commissioning, said: “We welcome this good news, especially at this time of the year.

“This extra funding is to recognise the good work done by Cheshire East and those councils which have addressed the problems of 15 years of poor investment on the roads.

“We are among the councils leading the way on this. We have resurfaced over 200 kilometres of road and repaired over 100,000 potholes using our ‘Tell Dave’ initiative over the past two years.

“Our success is proved by the huge reduction in claims we have received. Our roads have never been safer for residents and visitors to Cheshire East.”

The council has maintained a steady programme of pothole repairs and the number of potholes reported by the public has fallen significantly.

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