Lincolnshire County Council to find extra £10 million for road repairs

Lincolnshire County council’s executive is proposing to invest further funding in repairs and improvements to its roads this year.

This is on top of the extra £12.3m of highways funding councillors approved in February, to make up a 25% reduction in the road maintenance grant from government.

This means the authority is now investing a total of £61m in highways maintenance this year.

Cllr Martin Hill OBE, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Residents have told us that good roads should be a priority, and we have listened to that message.

This additional funding will make a real difference, enabling us to make further repairs and improvements over the coming year.

“We’ve already targeted funding towards our A roads, and this extra money will help us better maintain our B roads and unclassified roads. Where possible, we’ll be looking to rebuild and resurface, not just fill in the potholes.

“However, we’re clear that Lincolnshire taxpayers should not be making up shortfalls in government funding, and the county should be receiving a fairer share of the funding collected through fuel duty.

“So we’ll continue to talk to Lincolnshire MPs and government ministers about the need for continued investment in local roads, which is the ideal way to meet the government’s aim of ‘levelling up’ underfunded areas.”

The additional £10m of highways funding has been made possible because the cost of providing services was less than forecast in the previous financial year.

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