£121m announced for Essex road maintenance over the next 10 years
News / Fri 24th Nov 2023 at 08:01am
|ESSEX is to receive £121 million of funding for road repairs and resurfacing between now and 2034, the Government has confirmed.The funding, which has been reallocated to Local Authorities across England from the HS2 scheme, will ensure the road network across Essex will receive repairs and help towards maintaining the condition of roads across the county.
Essex County Council already receives funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) each year, including the additional funding the Chancellor announced in March in the Budget for pothole repairs, which is available this financial year and next. The new funding announced will ensure there is financial support for road repairs until 2034.
It will allow Essex Highways to deliver repairs and resurfacing for priority routes and defects, remaining in line with the current strategy to target repairing the most unsafe issues.This follows the additional investment Essex County Council allocated to highways in this year’s budget of £17.4 million.
This is currently being spent providing additional works across the county that might not have otherwise taken place.
Councillor Tom Cunningham, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Sustainable Transport, said: “By allocating £121 million to Essex, the Government has recognised that well maintained and repaired roads are a priority for Essex residents the width and breadth of this county. I want each person that calls Essex their home to feel pride in the place they live, and supporting the transport network by delivering repairs will help do just that.”
Essex County Council made an important commitment to delivering more road maintenance works this year by allocating additional financial support for highways, and I’m pleased to see that extra repairs are being delivered up and down the county thanks to that support.
The Government funding will help us continue with the repairs Essex Highways works hard to deliver.”
The Department for Transport published details of the funding allocation alongside the announcement, which totals £8 billion of funding for road repairs across England.
Essex’s allocation includes:£30.6 million existing annual allocation in 2023/24 (highways maintenance block funding, plus Pothole Fund)£7.6 million of additional funding over the next 2 years£121 million of funding between 2023 and 2034Further information can be found on the DfT website.
Cllr Cunningham - I would not want to use the unparliamentary language of James Cleverly - but I suggest a similar expression could appropriately be used when describing the potholes and state of repair of some of Harlow's estate roads. These are roads Essex County Council have a duty to repair and maintain.
It is interesting to note the illustration used above is technically an example of "delamination" and probably wouldn't be eligible for repair as a pothole according to previous comments by Harlow's County Councillors.
Essex County Councillors have failed Harlow's road users for decades. It will take a lot more than a share of £121 over ten years to make up for their failure.
Sorry but a complete Joke! Is it April fools day again? Just look at the state of roads in Harlow Minchen road to start with! Bolts and sharp metals stick out of the ground where once a rubber bump was placed and I have reported this on their site and yet nothing is done! It really id shocking and I will be filming this whole road shortly to show the world what a state the roads are really in! Dangerous and shocking!
It's not just the roads that are in desperate state of repair in Harlow, mainly due to arrogant drivers, the pavements and grassed areas are in a shocking condition, paths constantly blocked, pavements damaged, grassed areas like swamps, there is little resolve by the council or the police to deal seriously with the problem.
Make that budget £1.21bn instead of £121mn and perhaps then the roads might actually get repaired.
Maddox road repairs failed in weeks. Councillors; get the comapny who did then to come back and fix them properly.