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Buckinghamshire road repairs boosted by £1.2 million grant from the Government

| March 2, 2020
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Mark Shaw at Addison Road, Chesham. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire County Council)

The funding of road repairs in Buckinghamshire has been boosted by a £1.2 million grant from the Government.

Following a successful bid by Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB), Buckinghamshire County Council is one of only 32 authorities outside London to win a share of the Department for Transport’s £93.4m Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.

During 2020 TfB is planning to undertake more than 200 road surfacing schemes. By the end of January 2020 road surface areas equivalent to more than 135 football pitches in size had been treated.

Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member at Buckinghamshire County Council, Mark Shaw, said the latest grant of £1.2m was a helpful addition to more than £20m the County Council was already investing from council tax in the roads and pavements.

Mark said: ‘Of course, I’m delighted we’ve been successful in bidding for this extra money, and it will help us a little in arresting the cycle of decline by adding to the considerable investment we make every year across the county.

Buckinghamshire’s roads are among the busiest and most heavily used in the country, and so we’ll continue to bid for Government funding wherever possible. The severe storms of the past couple of months have left us with a catalogue of repairs, and it feels as though we’re always playing catch-up in our programme of road maintenance.

So far no decision has yet been made about where the £1.2m will be spent although Mark said it would enable TfB to extend its list of completed road schemes, particularly sections that need full reconstruction.

*Source of article : Buckinghamshire County Council.

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