B&NES to benefit from £1m Government highway grant

Bath and North East Somerset is to receive an additional £1 million to improve local highways, the Government has announced.

In his Autumn Statement earlier this month, Chancellor George Osborne announced an extra £1.5 billion investment in Britain’s road network.  As part of this investment, £215 million has been earmarked for local authorities to improve the standard of roads in their areas.

It has now been confirmed by the Transport Secretary, Conservative MP Patrick McLoughlin, that the additional amount B&NES is to receive over the next two years will be £1.016m, more than either neighbouring Bristol or North Somerset Councils.

The new funding has been welcomed by Conservative councillors in the area, who have called on B&NES to use the money to improve local road surfaces and tackle the area’s pot-hole problems.

Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Tim Warren (Cons, Mendip), said:

“This extra money from Government to improve local highways is extremely welcome.  Improving road surfaces has been given a lower priority by B&NES in the past couple of years, so it’s good that the Government is able to step in and top-up the amount being spent on this.

“I also welcome the fact that the Government will require councils to publish online exactly how this extra money has been spent, to prevent B&NES from simply absorbing it into their general funds. 

“Conservative councillors will be pressing for this money to be used on priority road resurfacing projects throughout the area. The Council should particularly consider areas where roads have been left damaged from the recent flooding and bad weather.”