Government announces million-pound package of road repairs for Essex

PUBLISHED: 10:34 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 13 November 2018

A pothole on Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden.

A pothole on Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden.

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Drivers and cyclists in Essex will benefit from better roads, thanks to an extra £10.8million investment in repairs, the roads minister announced yesterday.

It is part of an extra £54.7million investment in road repairs for the East of England - it brings the total funds for roads in the region for this year to more than £181 million.

Next year, the east will get more than £128 million from the Local Highways Maintenance and Integrated Transport Block funds, which will go towards repairing roads and investing in small safety, bus priority or walking and cycling schemes.

Roads Minister Jesse Noman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.

“That is why the Government is investing more in improving our roads than at any time before - £15 billion between 2015 and 2020 and a further £28.8billion to 2025. Plus an immediate extra £420million for potholes and local road maintenance just this year

“The east will be getting an extra £54million this winter to keep its roads in good condition to keep drivers and cyclists safe.”

Since 2015, roads in the east have benefited from more than £446million for highways maintenance, in addition to the A14 bypass between Cambridge and Huntingdon, the recently opened Ely Southern Bypass and improvements to the A414 near Harlow.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, deputy leader and cabinet member for infrastructure at Essex County Council, said: “This additional funding is very welcome and will build upon the additional allocations already made by the county council to reduce the level of potholes on the roads of Essex, together with the ability to improve more of our 1,500 structures across the network.”

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