£150,000 extra for Lochaber roads

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Lochaber roads are set to benefit from an injection of almost £150,000.

The investment of an additional £1.5million for roads maintenance was approved for Highland Council’s revenue budget with the additional funds earmarked to help boost the annual budget for pothole repairs, clearing culverts, and bridge maintenance.

The Highland Council has the longest road network in the UK with more than 4,000 miles of local roads and 1,400 bridges and the funding will be shared out across the region according to the existing roads maintenance allocation model. Each area committee will be able to decide how their share is allocated locally, based on local road condition surveys.

Chairman of the environment, development and infrastructure committee, Caol and Mallaig councillor Allan Henderson, said: ‘We have the most extensive network of roads in the UK and added to this, we are faced with some of the most severe weather conditions in the Highlands. The freeze-thaw conditions in particular cause immense damage to road surfaces and this is very evident in the past few weeks.

‘Local roads are vital to connecting our communities and keeping them sustainable. Road conditions are a high priority for local residents and this was very clear in our recent engagement with communities and local representatives. The additional resource will, I hope, make a noticeable difference and can be allocated to the roads with the most urgent need of repairs, right across the Highlands.’

The area allocations have been calculated using the historic distribution formula which uses weighted road mileage and population.