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£9.6m allocated for road maintenance

Steeple Claydon Parish Councillors Doreen Weingartand Tony Carroll at one of the many potholes on the Steeple Claydon to Middle Claydon road which has been classified as 'beyond end of life.
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Steeple Claydon Parish Councillors Doreen Weingartand Tony Carroll at one of the many potholes on the Steeple Claydon to Middle Claydon road which has been classified as 'beyond end of life. 110328M-B566

Road users in the Advertiser and Review region will welcome a £9.6 million cash boost from central government to maintain the region’s roads.

Highways departments in Bucks, Oxon and Northants are set to receive the combined total for local road maintenance over the next two years.

The funding allocations, published last week, form part of a £333 million fund for essential maintenance to renew, repair and extend the life of roads in England, announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

In 2013/14 and 2014/15, Bucks will receive £2.3 million, Oxon more than £3.55 million and Northants more than £3.7 million.

The funding is in addition to the £3 billion the government is already providing to councils in England between 2011 and 2015 for highways maintenance.

The extra cash can be used for things like road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage caused by severe weather events. Authorities must publish a statement on their websites at the end of each year saying how and where the extra funding has been spent.

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

 

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