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Bath council protects road repair cash

More than £6.7m of investment in road improvements in Bath and North East Somerset (Banes) will be protected from cuts, the council has said.

In June, the coalition government reduced the Conservative-led council's funding for roads by £654,000.

Banes Council said it had prioritised the projects that residents and councillors deemed most important.

The council announced plans in August for more than 300 jobs cuts over four years to cope with reduced funding.

Councillor Charles Gerrish, cabinet member for service delivery, said: "Despite central government funding reductions, the council has protected every part of our planned road surface improvement programme whilst keeping the local transport initiatives that communities tell us they most want.

"By investing money in resurfacing and surface dressing to cover 10% of our network we are saving money in the future on more costly, reactive repairs."

The council has made a further cash injection of £2.5m into the road improvements pot, bring the total investment for the year 2010/11 to more than £8.5m.

As well as improving road surfaces, the money will be spent on improving pedestrian safety and public transport access, boosting cycling, and promoting walking to school.

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