Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire road maintenance given extra £20m

A £20m investment programme for roads in Staffordshire has been announced.

Staffordshire County Council said the money would be spent on maintenance to reduce the number of emergency repairs, including those on rural roads.

The council said the money had come in part from closing down council offices across Staffordshire and making their headquarters more cost effective.

Councillor Mike Maryon said: "Investing now makes real financial sense to avoid more costly repairs later on."

The money will be spent over two years starting in April.

The council said there were less than 700 potholes waiting to be filled on the 4,000 miles of roads they looked after.

Councillor Maryon said: "It is important to have a top class transport network for the county's economy to thrive and residents to get good jobs."

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