Friday, 21 December 2012

Highway Chiefs Welcome Cash Boost For Road Maintenance

Highways chiefs in Cambridgeshire have welcomed a government cash boost for highway maintenance which will see further improvements to the road network across the county.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced a £215 million cash injection for highway maintenance across the country with Cambridgeshire set to receive nearly £2 million in 2013 with a further £1m in 2014.

The government cash follows an earlier County Council decision to create a £90m repair pot which has already been set aside for highway improvements in Cambridgeshire over the next five years.

County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, Councillor Tony Orgee, said: "Maintaining and improving the highway infrastructure in Cambridgeshire is one of the County Council's priorities and this government cash will help us meet the cost of keeping the roads in good condition across the county.

"Some of Cambridgeshire's roads - such as those on fenland soil and running alongside waterways - have particular problems which are difficult and complex and therefore very expensive, to rectify, but the maintenance fund is also used for improvements such as road resurfacing, repair of bridges and repairing damage to the highways caused by severe weather and flooding."