Council to pay £30m to repair minor roads

West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for roads will ask members to support an investment of around £30million to improve unclassified roads.

The money will be considered as part of the 2014/15 budget by councillors at a full council meeting in February.

The county’s A and B roads, and minor C roads, are maintained above national standards. However, the network of unclassified roads, which includes residential and rural roads, has slipped.

They make up 55 per cent of the county’s road network and include residential and rural roads. In 2009/10 only 12 per cent of unclassified roads across West Sussex were considered in need of repair and in 2012/13 that figure had increased to 22 per cent.

Cllr Pieter Montyn, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I am delighted to be able to confirm that we plan to spend in the region of £30 million over the next two years as part of the Better Roads Programme.

“I did promise that we would be spending a significant sum, and I can now confirm the sort of expenditure we are working towards as we finalise our budget proposals.

“This is a really sound use of capital financing because there will be benefits not just in terms of improved roads, but also this investment will help reduce our maintenance costs.”