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WATCH: New Road Safety Schemes Across Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:40pm 15th February 2017.

Almost two-thousand road safety and drainage schemes are going to be carried out across Cornwall.

It is following that £2.9 million funding boost for Cornwall Council to carry out repairs.

Funding for the work, which includes a range of resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes which would not have otherwise taken place for several years, was announced in October.

One of the main themes highlighted in the residents' survey, which was carried out by the Council in June 2016, was the need to improve the condition of the local road network.

The money has been used to fund schemes throughout Cornwall.

It includes drainage works in Morvah, near Penzance and Coverack, near The Lizard to repainted white lines in Whitstone near Bude and Landulph, Botusfleming and Hatt in South East Cornwall.

You can view the full programme of work here.

So, how is the Council spending the £2.9m?

  • £600,000 - renewing more than 1,100 white and yellow lines to improve safety at junctions and enforcement of parking restrictions in key areas highlighted by Council Members as well as renewing KEEP CLEAR zig zag signage outside schools.
  • £1,345,000 - surfacing and surface treatment at 24 locations across Cornwall. This will not only address current issues, such as potholes and weaknesses in the road, but will also extend the life of the highway.
  • £1,000,000 - a targeted programme to clean and renew 598 drainage features along the rural road network. This will not only make it easier for water to drain away from the road, but taking water away from the road surface also reduces the likelihood of potholes forming.

Additional road safety and drainage schemes carried out across Cornwall following £2.9m Council boost from Cornwall Council on Vimeo.

"There is a difference between new road schemes and repairing potholes," said Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport.

"New schemes can be paid for with one-off 'capital' money. Maintenance is paid for by regular income - 'revenue' money.

"It's two different sorts of money. Revenue funding is very precious - which is why this £2.9m is so valuable. It enables us to undertake maintenance schemes to keep our roads in good condition.

"It's not enough by any means, but it will make an important difference."

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