66m boost for local roads network

The transport minister has announced that an extra £66 million will be made available to improve roads in England over the next three years.

Paul Clark said it is essential that local communities have high quality roads and this additional money will allow councils to make improvements that will bring benefits to local people and businesses.

The funding, which is in addition to £2.1 billion already provided for highways maintenance, will be used for improvements to detrunked roads to improve access between main centres of population and major transport hubs.

It is hoped that road resurfacing, bridge maintenance, street lighting and flood protection will all be completed with the overall fund.

Mr Clark said: "High quality local road networks are vital to communities; connecting people with work, shops, services, families and friends.

"This additional funding will allow local authorities to carry out improvements to important local highways, bringing benefits to all who use the roads."

Priority will be given for routes that primarily serve local needs, and to integrate them with local land use planning and local transport plans.

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