Almost £8m approved for more road improvements

The council has formally approved a further £7.73m of government funding to make widespread improvements to the county’s road network.

In October the Chancellor announced in his Budget that the Government was allocating a further £420 million of new money for local highways maintenance for the repair of roads including potholes, bridges and local highways infrastructure.

In November Northumberland was allocated £7.73m of this funding for repairs to roads and structures and the Council’s Cabinet has now approved the money to be used in the current financial year within its Local Transport Plan.

A detailed programme of works is currently being developed which will include extra road patching programmes, drainage, surfacing and bridges schemes.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We’re grateful to the Government  for this funding and are preparing a programme of where best to spend it.

“We’ve been investing heavily in road improvements this year, not just in tackling potholes, but also undertaking substantial longer lasting repairs to tackle the wider and underlying damage that has been caused to our highway network.

“This extra funding will allow us to continue our ongoing road improvements throughout the county.”
 
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