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Sue Essex unveils£25million to address Highways Safety and Repairs backlog ...
Sue Essex unveils£25million to address Highways Safety and Repairs backlog

Details of a£25m package of additional funding to help tackle a backlog of road repairs and maintenance in Wales were unveiled by minister for environment Sue Essex today.

The cash will be distributed between all 22 Welsh local authorities for a variety of projects, including carriageway and footway repairs, town centre pedestrianisation, improved lighting and bridge strengthening works.

Each council will also receive funding to recruit and retain a new child road safety co-ordinator, to work with schools to ensure youngsters are properly educated in road safety in a bid to reduce the number of road casualties and fatalities in Wales.

Announcing the two-year package, Ms Essex said: 'The local authority-maintained road network has been in a poor state of repair in many areas due to consistent underfunding over a considerable period.

'The deteriorating state of roads and pavements in Wales has been a major concern for pedestrians and motorists alike. This additional funding from the assembly will allow every local authority in Wales to commence work on road safety and maintenance projects, especially on strategic routes used by public transport.

'Far from being simply funding for pothole repairs and paving stone replacement, this package addresses specific requests from local authorities to fund a range of worthwhile schemes to improve and condition of and safety on roads and pedestrian areas, such as reconstruction and re-surfacing, street lighting improvement, skidding resistance measures and low-noise road resurfacing.'

Ms Essex added: 'The new child safety co-ordinators will work closely with schools to help educate children in principles of road safety. They will complement work already being undertaken - through the assembly's own highly-successful Safe Routes to Schools scheme and other projects - to help reduce the number of child road casualties in Wales.'

* Full table of national assembly allocations to Welsh local authorities is available here.

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