Highways uprade inspected by MP

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Progress on the £2 billion Streets Ahead project to ‘transform’ Sheffield’s roads has been inspected by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The Sheffield Hallam MP had a look at smooth surfaces laid by contractor Amey in the Loxley area.

The company has taken responsibility for improving and maintaining 1,900km of road, 68,000 streetlights, 500 traffic signals, 600 bridges and other structures, 2,400 retaining walls and 35,000 highway trees across the city.

Mr Clegg said: “Looking at the work for myself it’s clear to see that the project will transform our streets. However, the project is also creating dozens of new local jobs.

“Sheffield’s roads and pavements have been allowed to deteriorate. It is taking the biggest project of its kind in the country to put it right, but we will finally have the road infrastructure Sheffield deserves.”

Streets Ahead has recently started in areas of Parson Cross, Hackenthorpe, Highfield, Walkley and Wybourn, which will take around three months.

Repairs for the entire city will take five years.