£9M For Norfolk's Roads

24 March 2015, 06:36 | Updated: 24 March 2015, 06:38

Norfolk County Council is getting £9 million of Government money to improve drainage on the county's roads.

A total of 28 English councils are getting a share of £275 million of Government money for special road maintenance projects.

The scheme in Norfolk will see upgrades to key drainage infrastructure, addressing long standing flooding issues across a wide residential and growth area. 

The works will complement and support economic growth proposals for north Norwich. 

The County Council will provide an extra £1.2 million for the project. 

As many as 30 schemes will be funded, including road improvements around Manchester, better street lighting in Devon and A339 road improvements in Newbury, Berkshire.

Councils have bid for the money which is provided through the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Good-quality local roads are essential and today's announcement will provide extra capacity where it is needed most.

"This government has put record funding in place for local roads as part of our long-term economic plan to improve journeys, create jobs and drive economic growth.''

Among councils using the money for improving street lighting are Bedford Borough, East Riding of Yorkshire, Gloucestershire County, Lancashire County, Slough Borough and West Berkshire.