MORE than £6m of extra funding is to be received from government over the next two years to improve the county’s roads.
Hampshire County Council has welcomed the government’s announcement that it is to receive £6.126 million of additional capital maintenance funding for maintaining and improving highways.
It will be £3.99m in 2013/14 and £2.126m in 2014/15.
Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of transport matters for the county, said: ‘Highways maintenance is one of our top priorities. Over three years ago, we made a commitment to invest in a multi-million pound long term strategy, with operation Resilience, to refurbish our highway infrastructure with the focus being on improving the structural resilience of Hampshire’s roads and footways.
‘This additional funding will enable us to extend the scope of work to include schemes we would not have had the money to do otherwise.’
It has not yet been decided where the initial money will be spent.
Hampshire County Council is responsible for maintaining 5,500 miles of road and pavements, excluding Portsmouth and Southampton.