Walsall Council is to invest an additional £3.2m to help improve the borough’s road and footway network. The Department for Transport funding, that was confirmed to local authorities in June, will more than double the planned investment for 2020/21 and enable the Council to deliver a further 80,000 square meters of surface improvements to prolong the life of the highway network.
Deputy Leader, Councillor Adrian Andrew said;
“This investment comes as we are working hard to boost the local economy following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These road and footway improvements will facilitate safe and reliable journeys around the borough as residents return to work and businesses reopen. The borough of Walsall is open for business and these highway improvements will ensure that our road and footway network support growing prosperity now and in the years to come.”
Work is now underway to delivery the programme of improvement works and details of the programme have been published on the Council’s website.
Notes to Editors
· The local highways maintenance challenge fund was first announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement.
· The fund will enable local highway authorities in England to bid for major maintenance projects that are otherwise difficult to fund through the usual allocations received from government.
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