Funding finalised for £1.2 billion road project

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FINAL funding has been signed off for £1.2 billion investment to rebuild Sheffield’s crumbling roads.

The Government has finalised the details for the Private Finance Initiative deal to allow Sheffield Council to carry out improvements and maintenance to the city’s roads over a 25-year period.

Next month contractors will start work to rid Sheffield of its reputation as ‘pothole city’.

The first areas to be tackled will be Shiregreen, Carbrook in Attercliffe, and Ewden near Stocksbridge.

The contract will include the improvement and maintenance of 1,180 miles of road, 2,050 miles of footway, 36,000 highway trees, 480 traffic signals, 68,000 streetlights, 18,000 items of street furniture and 12,700 street name plates.

The contract will also include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape maintenance.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Well maintained local networks which work well for all road users - motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport passengers - are vital for communities and encourage businesses to thrive.

“The funding this Government has agreed will bring better, safer roads and more reliable journeys to the people of Sheffield. This contract will see the condition of Sheffield’s roads greatly improved. I look forward to seeing the improvements this funding will bring.”