Richmond road repairs planned after Government cash hand-out

Improvements to roads in and around Richmond are planned after the county council received extra money from the Government.

North Yorkshire County Council has said it will be able to carry out its biggest ever programme of road improvements after being given an extra £3.9m of government funds.

The authority has now been allocated a total of £52.6m to spend on roads, pathways, cycle routes and infrastructure projects.

It said more than 500 individual schemes are being drawn up for locations including several in Richmond.

No details of the projects have yet been released.

Coun Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, said: “Every time we fix a road or a footpath, walkers, cyclists and motorists benefit.

“Highways improvements are for everyone and not just for those who drive cars.

“Well maintained roads are essential for a prosperous economy, the emergency services require them as they go about their duty saving lives – everyone across the county relies on them to one degree or another so this funding is very welcome.”

Earlier this week, the government announced a £250m emergency active travel fund aimed at delivering improvements for cycling and walking.

Campaigners in Harrogate have called on the council to “seize the opportunity” of lockdown to make long term improvements.

The proposals include pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors.

But full details of how much will be allocated to each local authority are yet to be revealed.

Coun Mackenzie said: “We are already working on proposals with regard to this funding and hope to have more information in the near future.”

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