Council announces details of extra road funding spend

Details have been revealed of how the county council will spend almost £8m of government funding to improve 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.

Northumberland was allocated £7.73m of this funding and a detailed programme of works has now been developed which will include extra road patching programmes, drainage, improvements around industrial estates and various bridges schemes.

The funding will support 60 schemes in all parts of the county and be carried out over the coming months.

To see the full list of works go to http://bit.ly/roadplans

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We’ve developed a comprehensive programme of projects throughout Northumberland which will improve the lives of residents, visitors and businesses.

“There are a mixture of brand new schemes, projects which had been earmarked for future years which we’ve brought forward and a number of repairs and improvements to the many bridges which criss-cross our county.

“We’re also spending more than £1m on major works on the roads at eight of our industrial estates. If we want to continue to attract investment into our county and grow our economy it’s vital we have the right infrastructure in place to enable this.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to plan such a comprehensive and diverse range of schemes in such a short period of time and people will be able to see works taking place in their areas throughout the coming months.

“These works are in addition to the £18.6m capital investment in the Council’s Local Transport Plan programme, which is currently being developed for 2019/20.”
 
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