District’s residential roads are focus of annual resurfacing programme

03/08/2017, PR8621

Cllr Matthew Morley with the highways team

Over £5.4 million is being invested to repair and look after the district’s roads and footpaths in 2017/18​.​

The work is part of Wakefield Council’s annual resurfacing programme and, following feedback from residents, more of the work is taking place on local roads in residential areas.

The programme prioritises work in order to deal with immediate issues as well as managing the long-term future of the district's roads.

From April to June this year, the Council has resurfaced 131 streets across the district.  Teams have also filled in 6,949 pot holes, cleared 8,029 gullies and the Council has responded to 166 out-of-hours emergency calls. ​

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways (pictured) at Wakefield Council, said: "We know how important the road network is to people so we have ensured that we continue to invest as much as we can. To help put this year's programme together we have listened to what residents say is important to them and used this to prioritise our work. 

"Although we do not have the massive funds needed to deal with every road issue, this year's investment will see us focus more on roads in residential areas which is where people have told us they want to see more action.

"To do this within budget means we have to prioritise what we do and ensure the maintenance method we use gives the best value for money. 

"Some people may be disappointed if the programme does not include a road that they believe needs attention. But we have to look at the district-wide picture which covers around 5,000 streets, which is about 1,500km, and if laid end to end would stretch further than from Land's End to John O'Groats."

Engineers assess all road issues and any roads that do not feature in this year's programme will be continuously monitored to ensure the safety defects are repaired as quickly as possible.

The full schedule is available to view on Wakefield Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/roads

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