Work begins on £2bn Sheffield roads upgrade

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WORK has started on a new £2bn project to improve Sheffield’s roads over the next five years.

The Streets Ahead project will see work carried out to fill potholes, repair pavements and upgrade street lights as well as bridges.

Day-to-day duties previously performed by Sheffield Council’s Street Force team will now be carried out by private contractor Amey, whose 25-year contract with the authority starts today.

The project was launched this morning on Hartley Brook Road in Shiregreen, where the first improvements will be seen.

Mike Notman, Amey’s director of highways PFIs, said it was a ‘special day’.

“It marks the start of exciting times. People can look forward to a highway network that will be the best in the country within five years,” he said.

Council leader Julie Dore said: “We have known for many years that the state of our roads has been the number one issue with residents and businesses.

“This major piece of work will contribute to the wider regeneration of our city and is a major investment in Sheffield’s future.”

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