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£4.2 million road repair boost

Road repairSurrey County Council will receive an extra £4.2 million to spend on road repairs over the next two years, following an announcement by the Department for Transport.

The money will come from a £215 million Government funding pot to be given to local authorities across the country to spend on improving roads.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “We’re delighted the Department for Transport is providing us with this extra funding. It will be put towards a big push on tackling the root cause of potholes that we’ll be undertaking to make sure our highways stay in good shape for longer.

“As part of this we’ve been asking residents which roads they want to see improved. We’ll be using their suggestions to help draw up a hit list of roads that will be overhauled over the next five years, as part of a longer term approach to highways maintenance.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This extra money will support economic growth and development by helping local authorities to get the best out of their local road networks. This funding can be spent on measures to bring smoother, safer and more reliable journeys to the travelling public, whether they are commuting to work or taking the children to school.”

Surrey County Council will receive £2.6 million in 2013/14 and £1.6 million in 2014/15 from the Department for Transport.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk.

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