West Sussex County Council to spend £30m on road improvements

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A WEST Sussex County Council cabinet member has said that road maintenance improvements will involve spending ‘in the region of £30m’ over the next two years.

The investment will be included in the county’s budget when it goes to the full council meeting in February.

The money will primarily pay for improvements to the county’s network of unclassified roads. These make up 55 per cent of the entire road network in the county, and include both residential and rural roads.

Councillor Pieter Montyn, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: ‘I am delighted to be able to confirm that we plan to spend in the region of £30m over the next two years as part of the Better Roads Programme.

‘I did promise that we would be spending a significant sum, and I can now confirm the sort of expenditure we are working towards as we finalise our budget proposals.

‘This is a really sound use of capital financing because there will be benefits not just in terms of improved roads, but also this investment will help reduce our maintenance costs.’

In November, Cllr Montyn announced that an investigation had been taking place into long-term plans for managing the highways network in response to the many residents who expressed concern about the deterioration of some of the county’s roads.

He said: ‘By putting in place a long-term asset management plan that makes our roads more resilient, we can prevent damage, provide greater value for the taxpayer and make managing problems caused by extreme weather easier.

‘If we make the extra capital investment now in upgrading road surfaces, it will reduce annual maintenance costs, and prevent deterioration.’