Highlands & Islands

£42m needed to fix Western Isles roads says council

Road on Lewis. Pic: Iain Maclean
Image caption The comhairle said finding funds to repair roads was a challenge

Making repairs to roads throughout the Western Isles will cost tens of millions of pounds, according to the islands' council.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has already spent £2m on work this year and has £3m left in its repair budget to cover maintenance over the next three years.

The local authority said it would cost £42m to bring all roads that were in a poor condition up to a decent standard.

Transport committee chairman Donald Manford said funding was a challenge.

He said: "It is a lot of money to be able to find and the roads need continued investment in order to ensure that they are maintained at a useable standard."

The councillor added: "A lot of the Western Isles roads have not been historically built as proper roads."

Mr Manford said increased traffic in recent years had put additional pressure on the older routes.

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