The man in charge of Lincolnshire’s road network has said that money is spent evenly across the county, and ridiculed recent allegations that money is not being spent in Skegness.
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council has highlighted the figures on how the highways and transportation department spend our money.
This comes after Mr Davies visited the town yeaterday, to assess the state of the town’s roads with Skegness mayor Jim Carpenter and Lincolnshire County Councillor, Colin Davie, who is vice chairman of the Strategic Transport Board for Lincolnshire.
According to Cllr Davies, of Lincolnshire Highways, the county council invests more than £50 million each year into roads and infrastructure and improvements to Skegness’ roads will arrive shortly,
With work already planned for Lumley Road, Roman Bank and Lumley Avenue.
Full details of these works are yet to be announced, although work on resurfacing Lumley Road Should take place mid May, lasting a week, between school holidays to cut down any disruption.
Because Lincolnshire covers such a large area it is divided into four quarters – east, west, north, and south - known as the local highway divisions, he explains.
The formula used to help set the highways budget looks at a combination of factors, including the length and condition of the road network, and the split between rural and urban roads.
Additional money is available to pay for county-wide schemes like gritting, which don’t need to be divided into local pots.
Mr Davies’ latest figures relating to Lincolnshire’s road network will follow.
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In the last three years, each division has received the following amount to spend on road repairs:
(the 2013/14 spend is in brackets):
North (places like Lincoln and Gainsborough) £10,786 49.3 (£3,472,820)
East (places like Skegness and Louth) £11,730 717 (£3,744,388)
West (places like Grantham and Stamford) £9, 476 069 (£3,054,259)
South (places like Boston and Spalding) £10, 373 021 (£3,216,930)
Overall highways spending:
The figures above relate to how much money is spent on road repairs alone, but the county council’s highways team doesn’t just maintain the roads. It also provides functions like traffic lights, drainage and grass cutting etc. So, here’s an overview of what the overall highways budget is within each division over the last three years (the 2013/14 spend is in brackets):
North (places like Lincoln and Gainsborough) £20,646,780 (£5,833,369)
East (places like Skegness and Louth) £19,334,377 (£5,389,436)
West (places like Grantham and Stamford) £16,832,689 (£4,802,417)
South (places like Boston and Spalding) £16,266,090 (£4,735,968)
As well as finance, Lincolnshire Highways are also able to look at the amount of pothole patching and resurfacing that takes place across the county. These figures roughly show what we did during the last financial year (2012/13).
North (places like Lincoln and Gainsborough) 14,117 potholes filled
East (places like Skegness and Louth) 14,282 potholes filled
West (places like Grantham and Stamford) 14,133 potholes filled
South (places like Boston and Spalding) 18,191 potholes filled
Resurfacing can extend the life of a road by up to 10 years. In 2013 the county council carried out a record breaking programme of resurfacing across Lincolnshire.
North (places like Lincoln and Gainsborough) 51,651 metres2 of resurfacing
East (places like Skegness and Louth) 84,324 metres2 of resurfacing
West (places like Grantham and Stamford) 78,041 metres2 of resurfacing
South (places like Boston and Spalding) 79,846 metres2 of resurfacing
Around half of the annual highways budget is divided amongst the four divisions.
The other half is spent centrally, to deliver maintenance to our principal road network (generally the major A roads).
This is rolled out on a county-wide programme and is planned in advance by senior highways officers.
It also includes work carried out on bridges, gritting and street lights.
Here’s a flavour of what centrally funded projects the council has delivered in the past three years:
North (places like Lincoln and Gainsborough) Newark Road, Lincoln; A15, Waddington; Brace Bridge,Lincoln; Bishops Bridges, Saxilby; A1084, Brigg.
East (places like Skegness and Louth) A52, Ingoldmells (currently in process); Victoria Road, Mablethorpe; Caistor High Street, Staiton le Vale; A157, Welton Vale; A 631 South Elkington; A1031, Wragholme.
West (places like Grantham, Sleaford and Stamford) Harlaxton Road, Grantham; A17, Heckington; A17, Leadenham; A607, Carlton Scroop; A15, Dunston Pillar.
South (places like Boston and Spalding) St. Botolph’s Bridge, Boston; St. Albert’s bridge, Spalding; A16, Spalding; A17, Washway Road.
The flagship projects:
As well as investing in maintenance, Lincolnshire County Council also has a programme to construct major infrastructure improvements across the county. These projects are often jointly funded with the Department for Transport and other partners, but represent a huge investment by the council on behalf of local taxpayers. Here are the major schemes that are currently in development:
Lincoln Eastern Bypass
Grantham Southern Relief Road
Lincoln East-West Link Road
In the past few years, a number of large projects have been delivered across the county, including:
A16 / A158 Partney Bypass
A158 Burgh le Marsh Bypass
A16 Spalding to Eye (A1073)
Teal Park, Lincoln
Grantham Town Centre