Cheshire East Confirms £10m Highways Improvements

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Cllr David Brown

According to their press release, Cheshire East Council is to invest a further £10m in highway improvements over the coming year.

The council's approved budget for 2017/18 secured this highway investment programme to continue work to improve the condition of Cheshire East's roads.

The borough's highways are the council's biggest material asset, valued at £5 billion. An additional £35m of council investment has been spent on road improvements over the last three years, with reports of road defects reducing from 17,000 in 2012/13 to just over 4,000 in 2015/16.

Commitment to Road Maintenance

Councillor David Brown, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council and cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: "We are committed to continue to utilise available budgets to ensure the right road treatment is planned, in the right location and done at the right time.

"Based on Department for Transport statistics, Cheshire East's roads showed the greatest improvement in condition in the North West in 2015, with 'A' and 'B' roads improving by three per cent and 'C' roads by six per cent, compared with 2013."

The council is on track to qualify for further government 'incentive funding' worth £870,000, with the potential for increased funding in 2018/19, maximising highways money from central government.

Quite the Contrast...

Serendipitously, AudlemOnline has received the following message from a reader just today:

"Why are all the roads approaching Audlem in such a disgusting state?Does anyone else feel the same about this? When is something going to be done to to repair them? Potholes! Potholes! Potholes!."

And these are some of the recent Chat Box comments on the subject of local roads:

"Blimey! They want to take a ride round the village! The roads are an absolute joke; potholes, grid tops sunken, no white lines, lack of parking.........and what do we get; more houses! No investment as per usual."

"Let the assessors try cycling the strip of Cheshire Road from the church to the entrance to the car park and see if they still feel the same."

"I hit a pothole a few days ago near Corbrook which broke my suspension which then resulted in damage to my power steering and air conditioning systems."

Getting in Touch With the Council

The council's highways investment programme will be published online here

The council's highways online reporting 'tools' can also be found on this web page, which can be used to report and track any highways issues. You can also phone Cheshire East highways on 0300 123 5020