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Bumper £12million cash injection for Rochdale’s roads recommended by council’s cabinet

21 February 2018

Car driving down road.

The borough’s highways could be in line for a major cash boost with our cabinet recommending a massive £12million budget to resurface the roads and repair footpaths over the next 3 years.

If passed, the proposal, which will be voted on at the full council meeting on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, will push forward the repair of more than 350 roads and 100 footpaths over the next 2 to 3 years. Utility companies like gas, electricity and water providers will also be barred from digging up newly-repaired roads unless they are carrying out emergency work.

Borough’s roads could be the best in Greater Manchester when compared against national benchmarks

The proposal is designed to improve the condition of the roads, boost road safety and reduce the need for short-term repairs. It could make the borough’s roads the best in Greater Manchester when compared against national benchmarks.

The £12million is in addition to the £800,000 the council will spend this year and next on specialist flood prevention measures, including the gully replacement programme. 

Once government funding is taken into account, our spend on highway would top £19million over the next 3 years

This is in addition to money spent repairing potholes, which sees the highways team use information gathered during regular road safety inspections to schedule repairs.

Councillor Allen Brett, leader of the council, said: “We know that bread and butter issues, like the state of the roads, are really important to our residents. That’s why we’ve taken this step to enable us to drive through these massive improvements to our roads and footpaths.

“The full council will vote on whether to approve this spend next week and, if they agree, our highways team will start creating a hit list of roads and footpaths we would like to target, using information from network condition surveys and site visits, among other things. These lists will be put together with support from councillors across all the different wards who know their areas very well and are in regular contact with our many residents who use the roads and footpaths on a daily basis.”

Work on improving the roads and paths as part of the £12million will start in summer 2018

Work to improve the roads and paths as part of the £12million programme is expected to start in summer this year.

The latest announcement builds on the extensive work done in recent years to improve the borough’s highways, with the council set to have spent £5.3million repairing roads and bridges across Rochdale borough in the 12 months up to the end of April 2018.