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An extra £10 million to fix crumbling roads in Cornwall

An extra £10 million to fix crumbling roads in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:19am 13th November 2018.

Ministers have announced an extra £71 million pounds to improve roads in the south-west, including £10 million for Cornwall.

The cash will be spent on fixing our crumbling roads, including repairs to problem potholes.

The government says it will help to improve the safety for both drivers and cyclists.

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The government has announced an extra £10 million will be pumped into fixing Cornwall's crumbling roads

The Department for Transport has revealed how the £420 million announced in the Budget will be spent, and it brings the total funds for south-west roads for this year to over £238 million.

"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".

Roads Minister Jesse Noman

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Ministers say the extra money for Cornwall will go towards repairing potholes, making roads safer for drivers and cyclists

Is the cash being allocated to Cornwall enough?

"We're very pleased. People might be a little bit surprised that out of the total, we get £10 million.

"That's because of the length of our road network. We've got 4500km of road in Cornwall and we'll be using that to help to support our roads maintenance budget.

"We've got backlog in our highways maintenance of somewhere in the region of £270/£280 million so although it's very, very welcome, it's still a drop in the ocean to try and get it all complete.

"But great news that we've got this extra money. Cornwall Council have, already this year, put in an extra £10 million to improve highways maintenance and I'm delighted to say that last month, we hit 99% of our pothole repairs within 48 hours across the county which is a really good record".

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council

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Cornwall Council has welcomed the extra government funding, but calls it a drop in the ocean in terms of fixing all the problems

How will the money being spent?

"The primary focus for the funding will be our rural roads. We've got A and B roads that are in relatively very good condition - we're in the top 25% of road networks in the country - but it's our rural netowrk, our C class roads and below, which have really suffered with the austerity cuts in recent years.

"We haven't been able to focus as much money on those as we like. That's where last winter, with the bad weather, we had all the pothole problems. That's the area we're hoping to completely resurface vast sections of roadway so that we seal the roads and we don't get the potholes that we had last year".

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council

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