The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to Parliament on Monday, 29 October. Following the announcement, Medway Council’s portfolio holder covering highways has welcomed the news.
Cllr Phil Filmer, Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services covering highways, said: “We welcome the news that £420million will be invested in England’s roads to deal with potholes, bridge repairs and other minor works in this financial year. Last winter’s severe weather, particularly following Beast from the East, had a huge impact on the condition of roads across the country.
“Medway’s residents are fortunate that we already have a dedicated highways team which works throughout the year to repair potholes and deliver planned resurfacing works for roads and pavements each year - between April and October we have repaired 2,684 carriageway defects, including potholes. We budget approximately £14million each year to cover all of the costs to maintain Medway’s roads.
“Although at this stage we do not know how much of this additional investment Medway will receive, the funding would help us continue to maintain the 519miles of roads in Medway. It would also enhance our resurfacing works across our five towns and help us provide a sustainable infrastructure for Medway’s growing population. We are committed to continuously improving the condition of our roads to improve traffic flow and keep Medway moving.”