An extra £16.7 million is being provided to improve roads and stop potholes appearing across East Riding, Transport Minister Andrew Jones announced today (2 February 2016).
The A1079, A63 and A161 will all benefit in the first 12 months of the 5 year maintenance work on East Riding council’s 233 miles of A roads.
Delivering extra targeted maintenance funding to boost local business and help deliver better journeys for road users is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
Enhancing East Riding’s roads will make journeys more reliable and cut delays. This will ensure businesses and residents reap the benefits, driving job creation and economic development across the county.
We are determined to build a Northern Powerhouse and this investment demonstrates our commitment to improving the roads in the area.
East Riding’s ‘A’ roads provide vital links between the area’s major towns and villages and improve and connections to motorways and onwards across the north of England and the rest of the UK.
The funding will also be used to improve roads for the benefit of business and as new houses are built in the Haltemprice area and in Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield and Goole.
The council is being given the money after bidding through the Local Growth Fund for extra funding to maintain roads. It is in addition to £58 million of DfT funding that East Riding council is already receiving to repair roads, fix potholes and improve streetlighting over the next 5 years.
The £16.7 million award announced today will improve a road network serving more than 80% of planned future housing and the majority of employment development in the area over the next 15 years. The resilience of the A-roads in the face of severe weather will increase with more than 100 improvement schemes planned in the area to stop road surfaces deteriorating during winter periods. The funding will also reduce the costs incurred by businesses when their vehicles are damaged by potholes and other road defects.
The Department for Transport will fund up to £16.7 million towards the £23.9 million total cost of the project.
The roads sections to benefit in the first year include:
- the A1079 Deepdale to Shiptonthorpe
- the A63 Knedlington Crossroads to Newsholme
- the A161 Old Goole to Eastoft