Hounslow’s roads are set for a major upgrade after Transport Minister Norman Baker announced that the council is to benefit from up to £349.5 million of government funding.
The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) funding will allow the London Borough of Hounslow Council to carry out vital improvements and maintenance to local roads over a 25 year period.
Work will include:
- road surface improvement and maintenance
- footway improvement and maintenance
- street lighting improvement and maintenance
- removal of graffiti and fly tipping
Transport Minister Norman Baker said:
Well maintained local networks which work well for all road users - motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport passengers - are vital for communities and encourage businesses to thrive.
The funding this government has agreed will bring better, safer roads and more reliable journeys to the people of Hounslow. This contract will see the condition of Hounslow’s roads greatly improved and will include the maintenance of footways, bridges, street lighting and traffic signals.
I very much look forward to seeing the improvements this vital funding will bring.
Hounslow is expected to commence operation of this project on 1 January 2013.
Notes to editors
The Department for Transport press notice issued on 20 October 2010, following the spending review, set out the government’s intention to proceed with a number of local authority PFI projects in procurement, subject to ensuring affordability and value for money.
Following a savings exercise we announced re-approval of the three highways maintenance schemes in March 2011 which allowed the promoters to complete their procurement process. The press notice can be viewed on the DfT website.
With 458 miles of pavements and 259 miles of roads, this project would revitalise the borough’s roads, pavements and street furniture. Further information on the project is available at the following London Borough of Hounslow website.
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