Additional £4.4 million for road repairs in Devon
Posted on: 26 March 2018
Devon County Council has welcomed the government’s announcement of an additional £4.4 million for pothole and storm damage repairs to the county’s roads.
The funding for Devon is a share of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) £100 million nationwide programme for much needed repairs following the severe winter weather.
This latest grant is on top of £2.5 million pledged to reinstate the A379 at Slapton, which was partially washed away by Storm Emma, and the additional £2 million for Devon from the Pothole Action Fund for this year.
In setting its budget for the coming financial year, Devon County Council also announced last month that it was putting an extra £6.5 million into road repairs and drainage in 2018/19.
The County Council is already drawing up its latest programme of repairs through the third year of Pothole Action Funding. This is allocated in consultation with local County Councillors to target priority areas.
The additional winter damage funding is expected to be allotted in a similar way, to be spent on pothole repairs, patching, surfacing and drainage improvements in order to improve the resilience of Devon’s highways.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We’ve already seen some of the devastating effects the severe weather has had this winter, with Storm Emma washing away part of the A379 at Slapton. The freezing temperatures and snow has also taken its toll on our entire 8,000 mile road network, and we’re still assessing the full extent of the damage. This funding is excellent news and will certainly help cover some of the costs we will be facing.
“Every effort will be made to ensure this funding has the biggest possible impact to improve the condition of our roads. Local County Councillors will be involved in drawing up the repair programme so that local priority roads benefit from this funding, but with the biggest road network of any authority in the country it’s unfortunately impossible to deal with every road which might need attention.”
Devon’s needs around £55 million of capital investment every year to maintain its roads in their current condition. However, only around £23 million is available from its £44 million capital settlement from Government to maintain carriageways – as the funding also has to pay for maintenance of footways, street lighting, traffic signals, bridges, drainage systems, safety barriers and public rights of way, among other work.
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