Calderdale Council approves £13.75 for 2021-22 Highways Capital Programme

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet has approved a £13.75 investment in the borough’s Highways Capital programme for 2021-22, which will include a range of schemes.

It has also agreed to spend £1.97 million needed to make its major depot at Ainley, Elland, fit for purpose and meeting health and safety requirements, such as keeping pedestrians and vehicles as separate as possible.

There are also plans to partner with neighbouring Rochdale Council to create a community rail partnership for the Calder Valley line, helping existing community groups and pressing the case for rail as part of COVID recovery, at a first year cost of £20,000.

The Highways Capital Programme takes in projects ranging from maintaining Calderdale’s roads to keeping its traffic light systems in good working order. It will include major road improvement works, for example five schemes which are in the budget funded by West Yorkshire Transport Fund cash.

Among initiatives this year the council is looking to invest in new equipment to improve pothole repairs. Cabinet heard the Government has awarded £2 million for the council to tackle potholes but this is less than last year and overall the Government is giving the council £1.37 million less this year to maintain highways, reports the Halifax Courier.

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