Issued by City of York Council
York joins a number of councils in Yorkshire which have successfully secured a share of a £20.8 million fund for local road maintenance after funding allocations were published today by the DfT.
The £20.8 million is part of a £333 million fund announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement for essential maintenance to renew, repair and extend the life of roads in England with £215 million due to be spent on local roads.
This highways maintenance funding could be used for improvements such as road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage to highway infrastructure caused by severe weather events, such as the recent flooding.
Cllr Dave Levene, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “This is good news for York, and will address some of the issues arising from the severe winter we have experienced that has exacerbated the deterioration of the highway network.
“This does not change an expected two per cent cut in funding to the council in 2014/15 announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which means that on top of already planned reductions government will have reduced its funding to us by 30 per cent in just four years in an already difficult financial climate.”
The council carries out annual road surveys to assess and rank which roads need repairs in order of priority. Roads which meet this criteria are added to the annual programme of works. The additional funding means we can address the additional deterioration caused by severe winter, which will be determined at a Cabinet Member decision session in March.
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