WILTSHIRE has received more than £22.9 million to pay for a raft of road repairs and improvements.
The cash, from the government’s Highways Maintenance Fund for 2023/24, has been allocated to Wiltshire Council.
It will help pay for projects including resurfacing, new road markings, replacing traffic signs and signals, and filling potholes.
The council has also received an additional £3,684,800 from the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) Pothole Fund.
Cllr Caroline Thomas, cabinet member for transport, said: “We welcome this maintenance funding from the Department for Transport, which will be used to improve Wiltshire’s highways network and to make our roads and footpaths safer for all users – important contributions to the council’s Business Plan objective of having vibrant, well-connected communities.
“We’ve also received an extra £3.6m to tackle potholes, which we will use to target problem areas in the county. We are creating heatmaps of the areas with the worst pothole problems and using this data to identify roads in most need, those local pothole hotspots.
“Unfortunately, the extra funding won’t solve all the pothole issues in the county, but the additional treatment, combined with our scheduled resurfacing programme, will make a big difference to the safety and ride quality of Wiltshire’s roads.”
The latest Highways Maintenance Fund allocation is the second part of a three-year settlement and, as such, is the same as last year.
“We have filled 11,130 potholes and completed 28 major resurfacing projects so far this financial year, and we hope to do more this year,” Cllr Thomas added.
Anyone who spots a highways issue can report it using the MyWilts app, or via www.wiltshire.gov.uk.
To report highways defects and potholes, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywilts.