Borough gets extra £1.7m for road repairs

Potholes on Swinley Road earlier this year
Potholes on Swinley Road earlier this year
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An extra £1.7m has been allocated for road repairs across the Wigan borough.

The Department for Transport has revealed how the £420m announced in the Budget will be spent.

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The North West will be given £53m from the funding, with £1,703,000 on its way to Wigan.

It brings the total funds for work to North West roads for this year to £176m.

Next year, the North West will get more than £139m from the local highways maintenance and integrated transport block funds, which will go towards repairing roads and investing in small safety, bus priority or walking and cycling schemes.

Roads Minister Jesse Noman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.

“That is why the Government is investing more in improving our roads than at any time before - £15 billion between 2015 and 2020 and a further £28.8 billion to 2025. Plus an immediate extra £420m for potholes and local road maintenance just this year.

“The North West will be getting an extra £53m this winter to keep its roads in good condition to keep drivers and cyclists safe.”

Since 2015, roads in the North West have benefited from £1.5 billion of investment, including the smart motorway schemes of the M6, M60 and M62 and replacing the A556 between Knutsford and Bowden, which will improve access to Manchester from the south.

Greater Manchester also received a £69.5m boost from the Budget, bringing its transforming cities fund total to £312.5m. This fund is designed to improve public transport links to jobs and will be used to invest in better cycling and tram links.