Cash fund of £2.5m set to boost condition of roads

Potholes: A damaged road
Potholes: A damaged road
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Millions are to be spent on improving the state of Lancashire’s roads, County Hall bosses have announced.

Savings made on other highway projects have made it possible to create a £2.5m local priority response fund for the county’s roads.

The new pot of money is part of Lancashire County Council’s efforts to bring roads, streetlights and bridges into a better condition.

The cash is to be divided between districts, with Preston in line for £298,079 and South Ribble to receive £235,473.

Chorley will receive £217,266, Wyre is due to be given £228,869, the Ribble Valley will receive £110,672, Fylde is in line for £168,170, and £286,449 is earmarked for Lancaster.

The £2.5m fund is intended to support the 15-year Transport Asset Management Plan, and is expected to include resurfacing and repairs.

The funding was agreed by County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport.

He said: “I’m pleased that our effective ways of working have led to money being available to help invest in local roads and pavements in our county.

“This is due to the excellent work that has been done by our highways teams. Their prudent management has freed up £2.5m which will be reinvested back into Lancashire’s roads.

“We’re always working hard to improve the condition of roads and pavements, which affect people’s quality of life on a daily basis.”

As part of the priority response fund, county councillors will be involved in the process for making improvements to roads and pavements in their local areas. The funding for each district was decided based on the population and an assessment of the condition of the roads in each area.