Successful funding bid will safeguard vital roads

Friday, February 28, 2020

Lancashire County Council has been awarded an extra £3.16m for road repairs following a successful funding bid to government.

The announcement today by the Department for Transport gives the green light for a programme of maintenance to 21 retaining walls which protect vital routes throughout East Lancashire.

Following the council's budget meeting earlier this month where an extra £5m was committed to keeping Lancashire's roads in good repair, it brings the total investment for highway infrastructure in the coming year to around £48m.

The work will be carried out over the next two years, with the county council contributing a further £0.8m towards the retaining wall repairs, totalling £3.96m.

The county council is one of 32 UK councils awarded a share of the £93.4m Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.

The work to be carried out involves some major rebuilding of masonry sections and repairs to pointing on retaining walls at sites including:

• Pendle - A56 at Lowerford and Foulridge
• Rossendale - Burnley Road, Weir and Manchester Road, Baxenden
• Ribble Valley – Accrington Road, Whalley
• Burnley – Bacup Road and Accrington Road
• Hyndburn – Burnley Road, Accrington

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The task of maintaining our highways is about more than just repairing road surfaces, and includes ensuring vital structures such as retaining walls are in good condition.

"They are essential to keeping routes open, particularly in East Lancashire where the hilly geography means there are a huge number of walls and bridges supporting our roads.

"Repairs can be expensive as the work is complex, and the locations can be difficult to access, so I'm very pleased that our bid has been successful, allowing us to safeguard these important structures for many years to come."

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