Manchester council proposes £100m for roads

Councillor Rosa Battle

Manchester City Council is proposing to invest an extra £100 million “to get roads to a good standard and keep them there” and make sure the area’s busiest roads are brought back to “as new” condition.

“If it is agreed, work to secure a contractor to carry out the schemes will begin, with the first improvements works expected to start later this year,” the council said.

The council said the majority of the funding — £80 million — would be devoted to a comprehensive programme of resurfacing and maintenance designed to tackle potholes and stay on top of repairs.

The council’s executive member for the environment, councillor Rosa Battle, said: “We recognise the vital importance of improving the condition of our roads to support the city’s continuing economic and residential growth and ensure it remains a great place to live.

“That’s why there are no reductions to highway maintenance in our proposed budget and, instead, we are planning this major investment programme which will significantly reduce the blight of potholes across the city over time and ensure high quality roads.”

The council said this long-term, phased investment, is being proposed as part of its capital programme and is being brought forward as part of the council’s budget setting process.