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Right up your street – budget plans aim to make highways even better

4 February 2016

A continuing purge on the scourge of the road network in Essex is set to be unveiled as part of the County Council’s budget plans next week.
Cash allocated for highways tops the £300 million mark in the council capital investment plans over the next three years, with the local road network set to be the next area of focus for improvements to road surfaces, lighting and pavements.
In 2016/17, £137 million will be driving the programme forward, which Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Cllr Rodney Bass said would add to the improvements which residents are already seeing.
He added: “We know how important this is to people and to businesses and we intend to continue that trend, with our attention now shifting to tackling defects on urban and rural roads and estates, investing in better lighting and better footpaths.
“We will also be looking at investing in particular roads and bridges and also in LED lighting. Overall, the highways maintenance budget is increasing by over 30 per cent which is proof positive of our ambition to keep the quality of Essex’s road network up there with the best in the country.”
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Cabinet Member for Highways Delivery added: “We have listened. We have listened when local people have told us that cracks and holes in the roads and pavements matter. We have listened when business has told us that getting from A to B easily and quickly helps them to prosper. We have listened to the partners who have said that alongside the new homes and jobs we desperately need good infrastructure.”
Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “The tough financial management we have exercised has enabled us to deliver a budget which we know will help to drive growth and the quality of life in our County, through capital investment in highways and infrastructure.”