Money will make roads ‘fit for 21st century’

Mansfield Bus Station officially opens.  Station is officially opened by MP Patrick McLoughlin, pictured.
Mansfield Bus Station officially opens. Station is officially opened by MP Patrick McLoughlin, pictured.

Derbyshire is set to benefit from almost £100,000 of funding between 2015 and 2021 to improve local roads, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.

The funding forms part of a record £540 million investment which will be ploughed into the East Midlands to fix the 1.7 million potholes which blight the region.

Patrick McLoughlin, also MP for the Derbyshire Dales, said the investment was vital for the county.

“Roads play a significant part in everyday life,” he said.

“Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends.

“It is vital we have good quality roads.

“This government has already taken strong action by spending £1 billion more on local roads maintenance than was spent in the previous parliament.

“The £540 million... will put an end to short term fixes and will mean we have committed £10 billion between 2010 and 2021.”

Derbyshire will receive a total of £99,076 which will be split over the six-year period.

Geoff Allister, executive director of the Highways Term Maintenance Association and advocate for the Highways Agency Efficiency Programme, said: “We congratulate the Transport Secretary in taking the step of introducing an incentive element from 2016/17 into the local highways maintenance funding for councils.

“Those that can show they truly understand the value of their asset can plan greater efficiencies... making the available money go even further.”