'Deterioration' of North Somerset's roads will 'halt' with additional investment

PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 January 2017


North Somerset Council has been given an additional £788,000 from the Government to spend on improving the district's roads.

The Department for Transport has announced it is giving the authority £4.6million in total, including £788,000 from its new productivity investment fund, which was announced in the Autumn Statement last year.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader and the executive member responsible for roads, said: “The condition of roads in North Somerset is comparable with that in other areas across the country, and investing in roads remains high on the agenda for us.

“This additional investment will help us do more to halt the deterioration caused historically by successive years of under-investment.”

The council will also be able to apply for a share of £175million to deliver a road safety scheme on the A371 between Banwell and Weston.

The council repaired 20,073 potholes during 2016.

The Government funding includes £276,000 dedicated to fixing potholes.

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