Essex County Council has said it to is set to receive £121 million of Government funding for road repairs and resurfacing between now and 2034, following last week’s government announcement of an extra £8.3bn over 11-year’s for highway authorities.
The funding has been reallocated to local Authorities across England from the HS2 scheme.
The new funding will ensure there is financial support for road repairs until 2034. It will allow Essex Highways to deliver more repairs and resurfacing across Essex, said the council.
It follows the extra investment we have allocated to highways in this year’s budget of £17.4 million. This is providing 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.”
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.