Durham adds £8.5 million to roads investment plan after extra DfT funding

Durham CC will use the extra £8.5 million it has received from the DfT’s Pothole and Challenge Bid funds to help strengthen its rolling programme of resurfacing and sealing of road surfaces as well as repairs to bridges and drains.

The latest funding has been added to the £30 million already committed by the council for 2020-21 to help repair local highways in the county and will be spent on highway maintenance to improve the overall condition of the network.

Resurfacing works restarted on April 24th in the county following a break due to the coronavirus.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are committed to making sure roads across the county are safe and free of potholes. The best course of action is to ensure that work is carried out before potholes occur which is why a lot of the extra funding will go towards preventative maintenance treatments such as resurfacing.

“Our programme of improvements has suffered some setbacks because of the restrictions that were in place because of the coronavirus. We are endeavouring to address this whilst ensuring that we follow public health guidelines around social distancing and safe operating practices so we would ask the public for their patience while this carried out.”


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