£8million for East Lancs roads revamp

Roadworks currently ongoing in Rawtenstall

Roadworks currently ongoing in Rawtenstall

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ROADS in East Lancashire are to benefit from over £8million investment this year, the county council has announced.

Highways chiefs at Lancashire County Council are spending £56.7million on improvements to the county’s roads, footpaths, cycleways, street lighting, bridges and road safety this year.

And £23million of that will be shared between the districts to carry out schemes on a local level.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “At a time when we are seeing unprecedented Government cuts made to our budget and local economy in Lancashire it is more important than ever to ensure that we are working to improve the lives of ordinary people in our County and the communities in which they live.

“Our highways and transport network are the veins that keep the heart of Lancashire pumping, whether it’s work, education, family or social mobility it's important and we are making a clear commitment to maintain and improve these life lines.

“This is the first stage of our improvement programme that will be part of the long term development in keeping with the Master Plans we have put together to provide the people of Lancashire with a fully integrated transport system that works for them.”

Ribble Valley is to receive £2.5million, Rossendale £2.1million, Burnley £1.6million, Pendle £1.3million and Hyndburn £775,000.

West Craven County Coun David Whipp, who has campaigned previously for road repairs to be carried out, said: “The reality is that with the backlog of road repairs you could spend two, three or four times that amount and not catch up due to the parlous condition that our roads and pavements have fallen into.

“But with the shortage of money with cuts biting there is only a fraction of that amount available, so it is good news that we are seeing repairs carried out.”

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10:41am Tue 28 Jan 14

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

How come the Ribble Valley, with its tiny population of around 60,000, gets the most money? Surely, there can't be elections looming?
How come the Ribble Valley, with its tiny population of around 60,000, gets the most money? Surely, there can't be elections looming? MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
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4:02pm Tue 28 Jan 14

pdb951 says...

Watch out Rossendale will probably spend it on the town square
Watch out Rossendale will probably spend it on the town square pdb951
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4:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

pdb951 says...

MerlinTheVoiceofReas
on2
wrote:
How come the Ribble Valley, with its tiny population of around 60,000, gets the most money? Surely, there can't be elections looming?
LOL. No logic in a council
[quote][p][bold]MerlinTheVoiceofReas on2[/bold] wrote: How come the Ribble Valley, with its tiny population of around 60,000, gets the most money? Surely, there can't be elections looming?[/p][/quote]LOL. No logic in a council pdb951
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4:05pm Tue 28 Jan 14

pdb951 says...

“This is the first stage of our improvement programme that will be part of the long term development in keeping with the Master Plans we have put together to provide the people of Lancashire with a fully integrated transport system that works for them.”

What a load of old bull s**t
“This is the first stage of our improvement programme that will be part of the long term development in keeping with the Master Plans we have put together to provide the people of Lancashire with a fully integrated transport system that works for them.” What a load of old bull s**t pdb951
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5:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Begbie says...

Ribble Valley tories get the most then. No suprise there then. Most of them have monstrous 4x4s anyway.
Rossendale roads are shocking.
Ribble Valley tories get the most then. No suprise there then. Most of them have monstrous 4x4s anyway. Rossendale roads are shocking. Begbie
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5:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Copperhead says...

What's the betting that all this " investment " will just be a mixture of long-overdue repairs and various schemes such as road-narrowing, speed bumps, speed tables, 20mph schemes and other artificial traffic slowing measures all designed to make driving even less enjoyable than it is already, all in the hope we will turn into obedient little sheeple and use public transport so all the town-hall tossers can bleat about their green credentials and how they are cutting carbon emissions despite the fact the electorate - to whom they are responsible - actually PREFER to use a car.
What's the betting that all this " investment " will just be a mixture of long-overdue repairs and various schemes such as road-narrowing, speed bumps, speed tables, 20mph schemes and other artificial traffic slowing measures all designed to make driving even less enjoyable than it is already, all in the hope we will turn into obedient little sheeple and use public transport so all the town-hall tossers can bleat about their green credentials and how they are cutting carbon emissions despite the fact the electorate - to whom they are responsible - actually PREFER to use a car. Copperhead
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5:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Spending road tax on roads , how very thought full , your only doing it because if you don't we won't be paying road tax , the high council tax payers get priority ,,, fact drive on to any lower banding area and you will see the poor people are discriminanated against fact ,,,
Spending road tax on roads , how very thought full , your only doing it because if you don't we won't be paying road tax , the high council tax payers get priority ,,, fact drive on to any lower banding area and you will see the poor people are discriminanated against fact ,,, phil kernot
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