Cutbacks mean Hampshire’s roads budget may be reduced

M27. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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HAMPSHIRE County Council is considering reducing its highways maintenance budget because of cuts in government funding.

In order to trim back costs, the authority might wait to carry out long-term maintenance programmes on some roads until they have reached a ‘steady state’ of non-deterioration.

Howard Robinson, chief executive of Road Surface Treatments Association, said this ‘prevention rather than cure’ approach is more cost-effective and added: ‘As the road network is Hampshire County Council’s greatest asset, it is imperative that it is well managed and maintained.’