A ‘road revolution’ led by Manchester City Council is set to improve Manchester’s roads following a £100M investment.
Manchester City Council has announced proposals to increase investment in the city’s roads. These proposals will maintain Manchester’s roads over the next 5 years. An extra £100m will be invested to get roads to a good standard and keep them there.
Busiest roads will be brought back to ‘as new’ condition. This will help support the city’s future growth. The majority of this funding – £80 million – will be devoted to a comprehensive programme of resurfacing and other maintenance.
This will tackle potholes and stay on top of repairs. A further £20 million will support other roads and maintenance schemes designed to help support the city’s continuing growth.
It comes on top of £2 million a year being added to the Council’s highways budget. This was added as a one-off in the budget for 2016-17 but has now been made permanent.
The funding increases are set to deliver significant improvements to the city’s roads. Manchester’s local residents see improvements to the city’s roads as a “top priority”.
Councillor Rosa Battle, said this is why the council are taking “comprehensive action”. The council want to ensure that their condition “gets better and stays better”. Many members of the community say that they are fed up of potholes – this investment has addressed this.
The council aim to minimise disruption. This is investment is all “about making things better for drivers”. This will support the city’s continuing economic and residential growth, ensuring that it “remains a great place to live”.
The long-term, phased investment is proposed as part of the Council’s Capital Programme. It is brought forward as part of the Council’s budget setting process.
The first improvement works are expected to start later this year.