Government boost for Lancashire’s road network

Roads: Potholes
Roads: Potholes
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Road improvements to Fishergate, Preston bus station and the M55 St Annes Link Road will all be tackled next year, thanks to a boost of over £30m in Government funding.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that between 2015 and 2021, £6 billion will be spent on tackling potholes and improving local roads.

And with Lancashire County Council receiving an additional £1.904m for maintenance announced in the 2013 Autumn Statement, the county will be given an overall grant of £32.749m.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council, said: “The way the government funds transport has changed and next year’s budget can’t be directly compared with previous years’ budgets.

“In 2015/16 we’ll receive an additional £11.25m through the Local Growth Fund to pay for schemes including the improvements in Preston between Fishergate and the bus station, and work on the M55 to St Annes Link Road.

“A previous part of the transport grant has been reduced by around £6m to create the LGF, which is not guaranteed every year as councils have to make bids through local enterprise partnerships to the fund.

“However, as a result of the successful LGF bid and the increase in maintenance grant announced today, overall Lancashire will receive around £10m more in 2015/16.

“Further funding for specific road maintenance schemes is available next year through the government’s Challenge Fund and we’re currently putting together a bid for Lancashire.”

Patrick McLoughlin said: “This huge investment is part of our long term plan to ensure we have a transport network fit for the 21st century.”