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New cash for road maintenance

New cash for road maintenance

Published at 8:17am 23rd December 2014. (Updated at 4:20pm 23rd December 2014)

North Yorkshire is going to receive nearly £30 million towards maintaining the county's roads.

The funding for 2015/16 is over £9 million more than the Government allocated last year.

County councillors have welcomed the increase, but warned that it still falls short of the £60 million needed each year.

Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways, said: "Over the last 18 months, we have been lobbying central Government about the maintenance crisis facing the county's roads.

"This year, we have been very successful in attracting additional funding for North Yorkshire, and I would like to believe that our lobbying has helped influence Government thinking on this national increase in maintenance funding."

The estimated maintenance backlog to get all roads up to a good standard is around £322 million.

Councillor Dadd said: "We hope to have a total of around £38 million available next year to repair the roads. Our priority up until now has been to concentrate on the busier A and B roads, so these are now in quite a good condition.

"But this has had an impact on the quieter roads and about one quarter of these now require maintenance."