More roads funding is promised for South Yorkshire

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EXTRA funding has been announced for council highways maintenance work from a fund worth £20.8 million across the region.

The money will be paid out by the Department for Transport over the next two years, and includes a grant of £878,000 to Barnsley, £828,000 for Rotherham and £1.03 million for Doncaster.

But Sheffield is not receiving any extra cash because it has already been granted permission for its £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme to upgrade roads and pavements.

The £20.8 million for Yorkshire and the Humber is part of a 
£333 million fund announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement for ‘essential maintenance’.

This highways maintenance funding could be used for improvements such as resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage to highway infrastructure caused by severe weather.

Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary and Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales, said: “This extra money will support economic growth and development by helping local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber 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.”