Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield's roads to be 'transformed'

The streets of Sheffield are to be "transformed" after a £2bn contract to repair them was awarded, the city council has said.

Sheffield City Council, which has received funding from the Department of Transport, said the money would be used to tackle "a big backlog" of repairs over the next five years.

Private company Amey has been awarded the 25 year contract.

The company said it would give the roads "a major overhaul".

John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield Council, said: "People have been telling us for years that the single biggest dissatisfaction in the city is the state of the roads.

"The roads and pavements need to be mended. There is no way around it."

Mel Ewell, Chief Executive for Amey, said: "We're extremely excited about delivering a major overhaul of Sheffield City Council's road assets, bringing them up to a standard appropriate of a modern European city.

"We're pleased that through this contract we'll be able to contribute to the social and economic regeneration of Sheffield through the creation of jobs, skills and training opportunities."

The company said it may create about 170 jobs and up to 500 council staff who currently repair the city's roads will be transferred to Amey once its contract begins in the summer.

No-one from the GMB union was available to comment.

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