Extra money from Department for Transport for road repairs Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash

Investment is part of £54.7 million investment from Department for Transport

Drivers and cyclists in Central Bedfordshire will benefit from better roads, thanks to an extra £1,976,000 investment in repairs, the Roads Minister has announced.

The Department for Transport has revealed how the £420 million announced in the Budget will be spent, and it brings the total funds for roads in the East for this year to over £181 million.

Jesse Norman MP the roads minister Image:Open Government Licence v3.0

Roads Minister, Jesse Noman MP, 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 £420 million for potholes and local road maintenance just this year.”

A spokesperson for Central Bedfordshire Council said:

“The extra funding announced today is good news for Central Bedfordshire. We’ve already invested heavily in the road network ourselves, but we all know that potholes crop up, especially during a harsh winter, and this money will go towards sorting them out.

“It’s a bit too early to say exactly how and where the money will be used. Before making any decisions, we will look at reports from our Highways inspection staff and feedback from residents and councillors about where the need is greatest. We will use the funding to get the best possible value for residents and to keep people on the move.”

Next year (2019-2020), the East will get more than £128 million from the Local Highways Maintenance and Integrated Transport Block funds. This will go towards repairing roads and investing in small safety, bus priority or walking and cycling schemes.