Funding boost for local authorities

The transport minister has announced that an extra £24.5 million will be given to English local authorities to invest in roads, bridges and other highways assets.

It is hoped that the money will enable councils to gather information on street lights, bridges, roads and other assets, in order to manage them as effectively and efficiently as possible in a bid to save money and use funds where they are most necessary.

The money is to be awarded after 148 local authorities across England submitted a bid for funding in order to manage their infrastructure.

Minister Paul Clark said: "High quality local highways are vital to communities; connecting people with work, shops, services, families and friends.

"I am very pleased at the extremely high level of interest from local authorities in this funding. It demonstrates a real understanding of the importance of asset management in delivering a good service to the public."

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