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Warrington Borough Council pledges £40 million to tackle potholes
12:50pm Tuesday 15th April 2014 in News
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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