Bury Council cabinet approves £10m for highway improvements

Highway improvements worth £10 million are to be made in Bury over the next few months.

The investment, approved by the councils cabinet this week, comes on top of an initial investment of £10 million announced last year. 

The roads in need of repair have been placed into three categories: strategic network schemes, local network schemes and additional priority schemes. 

Out of the £10 million, £4.5 million will be allocated to structural maintenance, £3 million on preventative maintenance, leaving £2.5 million for reactive maintenance.

Councillor Lucy Smith, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure, said: “There are 660 kilometres of roads in our borough, and they have suffered from a chronic lack of government investment for over ten years.

“We need around £5 million each year to maintain the roads, yet receive funding of barely more than £1 million. This is why we took the decision, in the last two budgets, to take advantage of historically low interest rates to borrow the money and invest an extra £20 million into our highways and keep them as safe as we can for those who use them.”

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