DORSET will receive more than £6million from the government to repair its roads ahead of the winter.
The money has come from the Department of Transport following an announcement in the Budget by Chancellor Philip Hammond. The £6,165,000 for Dorset is part of £71 million being spent to improve road networks across the South West, including repairing potholes.
County councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said: “This investment by central government for Dorset will benefit nearly every resident by investing in road repairs, safety, bus priority or walking and cycling schemes.
“Our road network is also the lifeline for Dorset’s businesses which rely on good quality transport links, so this money is very much welcome.”
The government announcement comes after Dorset County Council itself agreed to spend an extra £1.4million into road maintenance this financial year, aimed at repairing more of the damage left by Storm Emma and ‘The Beast from the East’ earlier in 2017.
Roads Minister Jesse Noman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.
“That is why the Government is investing more in improving our roads than at any time before – £15 billion between 2015 and 2020 and a further £28.8 billion to 2025. Plus an immediate extra £420 million for potholes and local road maintenance just this year.
“The South West will be getting an extra £71 million this winter to keep its roads in good condition to keep drivers and cyclists safe.”