Manchester City Council has announced proposals to dramatically increase investment in maintaining the city’s roads over the next five years.
An extra £100m will be invested to get roads to a good standard and keep them there – with the busiest roads brought back to ‘as new’ condition – and help support the city’s future growth.
The majority of this funding, £80 million, will be devoted to a comprehensive programme of resurfacing and other maintenance designed to tackle potholes and stay on top of repairs. A further £20 million will support other roads and maintenance schemes designed to help support the city’s continuing growth.
It comes on top of £2 million a year being added to the Council’s highways budget. This was added as a one-off in the budget for 2016-17 but has now been made permanent.
Taken together, the funding increases are set to deliver significant improvements to the city’s roads.
Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Rosa Battle, said:
“Manchester residents have told us that improvements to the city’s roads are among their top priorities, which is why we are taking comprehensive action to ensure their condition gets better and stays better.
We have listened to people who say they are fed up of potholes and put together this major investment programme to address this. We will ensure this work is phased over a period of time to start delivering improvements as soon as possible while minimising disruption. This is about making things better for drivers.
We recognise the vital importance of improving the condition of our roads to support the city’s continuing economic and residential growth and ensure it remains a great place to live. That’s why there are no reductions to highway maintenance in our proposed budget and, instead, we are planning this major investment programme which will significantly reduce the blight of potholes across the city over time and ensure high quality roads.”