An extra £3.8m is to be invested in Stoke-on-Trent roads as part of a major programme to improve surfaces and carry out structural repairs.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet has today (Tuesday) agreed the investment – meaning that a total of £13.5m will be spent on the city’s road network this financial year.
The £3.8m is made up of £3.4m new funding from the authority’s capital investment programme, and £400,000 allocated from existing work programmes.
The new money will mean extra investment can take place now to help protect road surfaces and structures from defects, ahead of potentially harsh winter weather. Met Office records show that last winter was colder and wetter than the average winter values for the last thirty years.
The new funding is an extra boost for road users, after the authority announced a multi-million pound investment in April on road and pavement maintenance, fixing potholes and preventative structural works; and on measures including re-allocating bus lanes, upgrading traffic signals, roadside messaging for motorists, and extending red routes to stop main roads from being cluttered by parked cars.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “This extra investment is really important for the city. Last winter’s cold weather was unprecedented. It has had a major impact on roads right across the country, including here on our road network. But we are committed to tackling this head on. The extra money means we can invest more for the future, to help put safeguards in place before the winter weather returns.
“We monitor the condition of roads right across the city, and our crews will now be carrying out more major structural repairs, tackling surface carriageway defects. It will reduce the risk of many more miles of roads developing the cracks and faults caused by severe cold wintry weather.”
Councillor Jellyman added: “For two months now, since we announced our programme of road investment, our teams have been repairing carriageways, fixing potholes and resurfacing large areas of roads. We have prioritised works to tackle areas of most concern, working quickly and efficiently into the night and at weekends. That work is already bringing very visible improvements. Victoria Road in Fenton, Joiner’s Square roundabout, Snow Hill roundabout in Shelton, Weston Coyney crossroads and parts of the A34 have all benefited from extensive improvements. Our teams have filled in hundreds of potholes across the city.
“We know that there is still much work to do, and we will continue to work hard until it is done.”
The money has been agreed as part of an update of the authority’s capital programme. It will see £480.5m invested by the council in the city over the next five years to 2022-2023. Major programmes include the further redevelopment of the former Spode factory site in Stoke into a creative village, the restoration of Hanley Park, developing a district heat network to provide sustainable energy to homes and businesses across the city, improving infrastructure links at Etruria Valley, improving Tunstall Park, renovating town halls and heritage buildings, and building new homes at sites across the city.
Council leader Ann James said: “The capital programme is seeing investment being made across the city, and in this case investment in our roads is clearly a major priority for the cabinet.
“We are working hard to prioritise the projects needed to continue to make our great city grow. We listen to the issues that residents and businesses tell us are important to them, and are committed to investing in all six towns and in communities.”
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