£121m announced for Essex road maintenance over the next 10 years

News / Fri 12th Jan 2024 at 02:55pm

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 2034

Further information can be found on the DfT website.

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7 Comments for £121m announced for Essex road maintenance over the next 10 years:

David Young
2024-01-12 15:51:55

Is that £7.6 million of additional funding over EACH OF the next 2 years - Or £7.6 million at some time over the next years - Probably backloaded, so that nothing is paid out before this government looses the General Election? ---- Maybe I'm getting old, but I'm sure I've heard this story a couple of times before since the Tory Party Conference ---- We always have a story about 'Money for Potholes' or "Self-Driving Cars' on a day government is trying to hide some other bit of bad news - What is it they are trying to hide today?

2024-01-12 16:26:02

Over the next ten years! The roads need fixing now.

2024-01-12 17:57:21

"What is it they are trying to hide today?" Perhaps it is more of the PO incompetence: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-67944525 Or perhaps it is the amount of wine consumed by the government during covid: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-67952153 Or perhaps the UK’s “nose-diving” record for human rights : https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/tories-slammed-over-uks-nose-diving-human-rights-record_uk_65a13c65e4b0e696b9116e84 Or maybe it's the latest poll results: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/rishi-sunak-fails-to-dent-labours-huge-opinion-poll-lead-as-general-election-looms_uk_65a10946e4b0acd97bc725d8 Or even yet, it could be that this Conservative Brexit deal isn't working (who would have thought!): https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-uk-economy-damage-report-b2477572.html Another day, so much for the conservatives to cover up.

2024-01-12 18:58:34

LOL,all that means is that nothing will get done. No mention of the pavements then,is there no pedestrians in the town then?????? Let me tell you that yes there are many pedestrians in the town,we do not all drive. Unbelievable.sort the pavements and roads now. Its just the same old waffle over and over again.

Darren Flack
2024-01-13 07:01:36

Empty promises, More excuses, millions of people disappointed

2024-01-13 09:36:54

£121M Probably just about enough to repair the pothole on Southern Way properly.

2024-01-13 10:40:51

There have been a spate of Drain ironworks stolen along Elizabeth way, Essex CC have placed Traffic cones on the missing drains, these cones have been in place for over 2 months, maybe some of that extra funding could be used to actually fix the problem rather than sticking plaster repairs.

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