Cheshire East Council is to invest a further £10m in highway improvements over the coming year.
The council’s approved budget for 2017/18 secured this highway investment programme to continue work to improve the condition of Cheshire East’s roads.
The borough’s highways are the council’s biggest material asset, valued at £5 billion. An additional £35m of council investment has been spent on road improvements over the last three years, with reports of road defects reducing from 17,000 in 2012/13 to just over 4,000 in 2015/16.
Councillor David Brown, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council and cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “We are committed to continue to utilise available budgets to ensure the right road treatment is planned, in the right location and done at the right time.
“Based on Department for Transport statistics, Cheshire East’s roads showed the greatest improvement in condition in the North West in 2015, with ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads improving by three per cent and ‘C’ roads by six per cent, compared with 2013.”
The council is on track to qualify for further government ‘incentive funding’ worth £870,000, with the potential for increased funding in 2018/19, maximising highways money from central government.
The council’s highways investment programme will be published online at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways
The council’s highways online reporting ‘tools’ can also be found on this web page, which can be used to report and track any highways issues. You can also phone Cheshire East highways on 0300 123 5020.