Highways investment programme scheduled for 2021/22

The first roads and pavements set to benefit from increased investment into the Borough’s highways have been announced.

View of Western Esplanade

The comprehensive £5m programme of works will be delivered between April 2021 and March 2022 by Marlborough, the council’s highways term contractor, and will include the resurfacing of 30 roads and 31 pavements.  A further £5m programme for roads and pavements, making £10m for 2021/22 in total is set to be discussed by Cabinet in June this year.

The areas have gone through a strict quality check in line with the council’s procedure, which is based on various risks, and in accordance with the Highways Code of Practice. This procedure considers various items including road condition, bus routes, key routes, claims made, incidents, and flood risk.

A full list of the 30 roads and 31 pavements set to be resurfaced can be found on our website.

Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment, said: “I am pleased we are able to announce this initial programme that will start to restore our roads and pavements across the Borough. This is an area that has been underfunded for too long, and which I have been pushing to improve over recent years.

“I was therefore delighted to recently announce a significant and game-changing budget of up to £50m for highway improvements over the next five years. We are fully committed to providing good quality roads and pavements that residents and visitors want and need, and I am pleased that this is now starting to happen.

“The selected areas have been highlighted as some of the highest priority pavements and roads that need repair in 2021/22, across a range of wards. It is important to stress though that this is just the start of a long-term programme over many years, and I hope to be able to announce more roads and pavements that will benefit later this year.

“We will attempt to minimise disruption when the works take place, but I’m sure local residents and drivers will welcome this investment into our local roads and pavements.”

All road closures will be clearly signposted in advance to the works taking place. All works will be weather dependant, as crews are not able to lay roads in adverse weather.

If you are aware of any road defects or roads that need resurfacing or patch work, please report these online via MySouthend.

Published: 17th March 2021

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