Warrington Borough Council pledges £40 million to tackle potholes

Warrington Guardian: Council pledges £40 million to tackle potholes Council pledges £40 million to tackle potholes

EVERY road and pavement in poor condition will be resurfaced in the next three to five years.


Warrington Borough Council has made the pledge as it plans to spend £40 million over the next five years to tackle potholes thanks to funding from its capital programme budget.


Clr Linda Dirir, the executive board member for highways, said: “We’re aiming to deliver a step-change in the condition of Warrington’s highways and footways. Every road and pavement that’s in poor condition will be resurfaced over the next three to five years.


“This is an invest-to-save scheme as it will save money in our revenue budget and it will reduce insurance claims against the council.”


“We’ll bring Warrington’s roads and pavements up to the standard we would all expect.


The council will also be able to take advantage of an extra £313,000 from the Department for Transport, which has been allocated due to the effects of the recent wet winter.


Clr Dirir added: “Recent poor winters have caused us problems with our road surfaces, and the problems have been made worse by reductions in our overall funding from the government.


“We’ve had to fill in more than 7,000 potholes in the last year alone and we’ve resurfaced the equivalent of 11.5 miles of road.


“This year we’ve managed to allocate an extra £3 million, on top of the £2.4 million allocation from the Department for Transport’s local transport plan.


“But the council has decided that we’ve got to take the bull by the horns and make this issue an even bigger priority. So we’ll be making extra cash available during the next three years. We’ll be using this money to bring Warrington’s roads and pavements up to the standard we would all expect.”

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1:25pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Karlar says...

So “Recent poor winters have caused us problems with our road surfaces, and the problems have been made worse by reductions in our overall funding from the government. We’ve had to fill in more than 7,000 potholes in the last year alone and we’ve resurfaced the equivalent of 11.5 miles of road."
Lack of ongoing maintenance, a continuing feature of WBC's approach to management across the board whichever party is in power, has also been a significant contributing factor for the current lamentable state of Warrington's roads.
Repairing 7000 potholes and 11.5 miles of road in a year, allowing for high days and holidays, equates to roughly 30/ph/day and 0.25 mile/road/week. That barely begins to scratch the surface of a serious local problem, as most local road users - cyclists as well as motorists - will confirm.
Aiming to bring about a step-change in WBC's attention to highway management and maintenance would be a good place to start. That includes making sure potholes are promptly and properly repaired the first time round instead of half heartedly with repairs which fail again within weeks.
So “Recent poor winters have caused us problems with our road surfaces, and the problems have been made worse by reductions in our overall funding from the government. We’ve had to fill in more than 7,000 potholes in the last year alone and we’ve resurfaced the equivalent of 11.5 miles of road." Lack of ongoing maintenance, a continuing feature of WBC's approach to management across the board whichever party is in power, has also been a significant contributing factor for the current lamentable state of Warrington's roads. Repairing 7000 potholes and 11.5 miles of road in a year, allowing for high days and holidays, equates to roughly 30/ph/day and 0.25 mile/road/week. That barely begins to scratch the surface of a serious local problem, as most local road users - cyclists as well as motorists - will confirm. Aiming to bring about a step-change in WBC's attention to highway management and maintenance would be a good place to start. That includes making sure potholes are promptly and properly repaired the first time round instead of half heartedly with repairs which fail again within weeks. Karlar
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8:27pm Tue 15 Apr 14

WAFiver says...

Call me cynical, yet again, but isn't it strange how Cllr Dirir can suddenly announce this, just a few weeks before the Council elections?
After 5 years in power, suddenly the money just appears...
Call me cynical, yet again, but isn't it strange how Cllr Dirir can suddenly announce this, just a few weeks before the Council elections? After 5 years in power, suddenly the money just appears... WAFiver
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9:06pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Karlar says...

WAFiver wrote:
Call me cynical, yet again, but isn't it strange how Cllr Dirir can suddenly announce this, just a few weeks before the Council elections?
After 5 years in power, suddenly the money just appears...
You're being factual not cynical. Only one of our local politicians would use the C word to describe the obvious.
[quote][p][bold]WAFiver[/bold] wrote: Call me cynical, yet again, but isn't it strange how Cllr Dirir can suddenly announce this, just a few weeks before the Council elections? After 5 years in power, suddenly the money just appears...[/p][/quote]You're being factual not cynical. Only one of our local politicians would use the C word to describe the obvious. Karlar
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11:25pm Tue 15 Apr 14

MikeJT says...

Every road or pavement in poor repair ....................
................... and just who is going to define "poor repair". OMG, if they resurface these road, they are going to have to repaint the road-markings...and we all know what happens then !
Every road or pavement in poor repair .................... ................... and just who is going to define "poor repair". OMG, if they resurface these road, they are going to have to repaint the road-markings...and we all know what happens then ! MikeJT
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