Extra £700,000 for road maintenance
January 08, 2013
An extra £678,000 has been allocated to Reading Borough Council to spend on essential road maintenance.
The money, part of a £333 million fund announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, is to be spent over two years.
The Department for Transport funding could be used for road resurfacing, bridge maintenance or repairing damage to roads caused by severe weather, such as flooding.
Reading will have £440,000 to spend in 2013/14 and £238,000 in 2014/15 on top of the money the government is already providing for highways maintenance between 2011 and 2015.
Councillor Tony Page, Reading’s transport lead, said extra funding will be used in addition to the council’s annual resurfacing programme, adding: “It’s obviously welcome and we will use it to good purpose.”
West Berkshire Council will receive an extra £920,000 and Wokingham Borough Council an extra £703,000.