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Investing in our roads
Tuesday 26th March, 2019

Work to repair the borough’s roads is to start after it was announced £8.4m would be invested over the next two years.

Wigan Council has tendered the first phase of its highways schemes for 2019/2020, valued at £1.3m.

The successful contractors, Hopkins and Tarmac, are expected to start on site at the end of March.

At the last full council meeting the leader of the council, Cllr David Molyneux, announced the authority will invest an additional £3.3m of council funding in repairing the roads, topping up the £5.1m received in government capital funding.

At the meeting the leader said he knew that the condition of the borough’s roads and repairing potholes were a concern for local people.

The council currently maintains around 1,160km of roads and spends around £1m on fixing around 13,000 highway minor defects, including potholes, each year.

It also manages 2,000km of footway, 58,000 drainage gullies and 36,500 streetlights.

The authority publishes its annual planned highways carriageway and footway programmes of work on the council’s website, so that residents can view which locations have been prioritised for repair.

Councillor David Molyneux, leader of the council, said: “It is great to see work starting immediately to repair our roads.

“We know how important the roads are to residents and we have a long-term plan to maintain them.

“In The Deal 2030 consultation you told you wanted the roads to be in a good condition and we’re listening to that.

“It is always difficult after winter because the roads get damaged in the bad weather but this extra £3.3m will mean we can repair the roads quickly and efficiently.”

You can report a pothole to the council via the Report It app or www.wigan.gov.uk/reportit

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