Council’s cash boost to fix crumbling roads

An additional £6m has been made available for 
essential road maintenance in 
Lincolnshire.

The Department for Transport has given Lincolnshire County Council an additional £6.451m to be spent over the next two years on renewing, repairing and extending the life of roads across the county.

This funding can be used for improvements such as road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage caused by severe weather, such as the recent heavy rain.

Councillor William Webb, executive member for highways and transportation, said: “We’re delighted the Government has made this significant amount of additional funding available, especially given the difficult financial climate.

“Lincolnshire faces particular challenges for highways maintenance because of its size and rurality, so any additional funding is always welcome.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use, and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.

“Getting the best out our roads will also help boost the county economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”

Lincolnshire will receive £4.2 million in 2013 and a further £2.2 million in 2014.

Councils across the East Midlands will have £22.5 million to spend on repair work overall.

Lincolnshire will receive the most money of any county.

Figures released by the AA this week show that there are six potholes for every mile of road in our county.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This extra money will support economic growth and development by helping local authorities in the East Midlands to get the best out of their local road networks.”