Trafford Council has revealed it is to invest an extra £2 million into significantly upgrading roads across the borough before the end of March 2018. The welcome cash injection is in addition to the ongoing maintenance investment that the Council contributes on an annual basis through its budget setting processes.
The additional funding has been generated from a higher than anticipated take-up of the Council’s green waste collection service this year, plus increased income from its shares in Manchester airport, which has done amazingly well, with increased passenger numbers and higher than expected dividends. The Council is very clear that rather than these additional funds be used to support the general revenue budget, an explicit commitment should be made to spending more on our roads and pavements and that this will be welcomed by local residents and businesses.
The Council currently maintains 518 miles of road, and our work programme includes repairing roads, reducing the occurrence of future defects and carrying out major improvements works to ensure they remain safe, reliable and comfortable to travel on.
Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Sean Anstee, said: “Investing in the infrastructure of our borough is vital to ensuring that Trafford continues to thrive and grow. We’ve listened to both our residents and our highways experts and fully appreciate how important it is to continue to invest in our roads to ensure one of our most important assets is maintained.
“We are delighted to be in a position where we can use additional funding from such successful initiatives to honour our commitment to ensuring our highways are in the best condition for the benefit of everyone and to ensure Trafford remains a place where people want to live and work.”
Over the coming months, the Council will have more information to share on the whole of its Highways Investment Programme, which will include “when” and “where” improvements are taking place across the borough under its “keeping you informed” campaign, which will be available early in the new year.
Posted on Monday 8th January 2018