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Helen Fisher
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport for Staffordshire County Council

An extra £5m pothole pledge – for third year running

An additional £5m is to be ploughed into tackling potholes on Staffordshire’s roads – for the third year in a row.

Local Staffordshire county councillors have also been allocated an extra £20,000 this year to help them deal with more localised issues such as hotspot repairs, footway improvements or unblocking drains.

The additional funding is part of a package of £30m of investment aimed at tackling road repairs and improving journeys.

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:

Good roads are important for this council, for communities and for businesses, not just for getting us to where we need to be, but in underpinning a growing economy and supporting better access to jobs, education and housing.

With more than 6,000km of roads and 4,500km of footways, just keeping on top of maintaining the huge network is always going to be the challenge. That is why is so important that we make the best use of every pound we invest and focus where we can on schemes which deliver the best value and longer-term term benefits.”

In addition to the £30m funding for maintenance projects, wider investment including more than £2m from private developer contributions, will support improvements to a number of road safety schemes, create cycling paths and give better access to a number of railway stations across the county.

Helen added:

This really is a package of investments, which together with the help of national grants and partnership funding, will really improve journeys across the county.”

The full 2019/20 Highways and Transport Capital programme will be presented to the council’s Cabinet for approval on April 17.