Wiltshire Council in £52m investment pledge

Monday, 28th October 2013

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The local authority’s cabinet approved a recommended proposal to resurface almost 150 miles of road annually until 2020, starting in 2014.

Cheaper options to maintain the existing roads in their present state or make minor improvements were rejected, while a £100m-a-year option to upgrade Wiltshire’s entire network was dismissed as unaffordable.

The work will be funded by both the annual maintenance grant from the Department for Transport and agreed borrowing within the council’s existing financial plans.

John Thomson, cabinet member for highways at Wiltshire Council, said: “Like many local authorities, we’re finding that a succession of severe winters and flooding has meant many of our roads have deteriorated to the point where simply maintaining them in their current state is not viable.

“We need to invest further to improve our vast road network, which will result in fewer injuries from traffic incidents.”

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