Pot-holed Southport roads should get a share of a new face-lift fund from government from April

Sefton Council has been told to start planning how to spend their share of a new £28.2 million fund for local road maintenance in the North West. This money, from the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme, is part of a £333 million fund announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement to renew, repair and extend the life of roads in England – it is additional to the £3 billion the Government is already providing for councils in England between 2011 and 2015 for highways maintenance.

Southport Lib Dem Chair, Councillor Tony Dawson says:

“We all know of sections of local roads which are beyond their sell-by dates. The stretch of Waterloo Road between Oxford Road and Grosvenor Road is a case in point. I trust all Southport councillors will be pressing hard for our share of this money.”

Sefton Council’s share of this fund will be £426,000 in the coming year and a further £219,000 the year after.

This new highways maintenance funding could be used for things such as road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage to highway infrastructure caused by severe weather events, such as the recent flooding.

Southport Lib Dem MP John Pugh said:

“This extra money will support economic growth and development by helping councils across the North West to get the best out of local road networks. It should help bring about a few smoother and safer journeys whether you are shopping, commuting to work or taking your children to school.”

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