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Borough’s roads set to benefit from council road repair budget increase

Neglected roads across Gedling borough are to be improved as part of a £20m upgrade to the county’s highways network.

The extra funds will bring Nottinghamshire County Council’s capital roads investment up to £142m over the period – its highest level in more than a decade.

The extra money for roads is part of the 2018/19 budget proposals announced today (29).

The Finance and Major Contracts Committee meets on Tuesday 6 February to consider the report. The final budget will be set at Full Council on February 28.

The highways investment will be focused on roads assessed as being likely to deteriorate in the next few years on a ‘right repair at the right time’ basis, with a view to saving money that would have been required for repairs in the longer term.

Roads in residential areas, some of which have been neglected for many years, will be targeted.

This could include schemes to improve the road surface and new safety features where they are required such as pedestrian crossings and interactive speed signs on routes used every day by people to get to and from home.

Work will also be carried out to reduce traffic congestion and provide economic benefits which, in turn, increases the money available to reinvest in public services.

Announcing the new highways funding today, Councillor Richard Jackson, chairman of Finance and Major Contracts Management Committee, said: “We’ve listened to local people’s priorities and I’m proud to announce that we’re investing an additional £20m in the county’s highways network over the next four years.

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“Many of the roads we will be targeting will have not seen any meaningful work to them in years. Residential roads – the roads we all use every day to get to and from home – will be specifically targeted. We’re bringing the improvements to a road near you.”

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