More than 900 roads and pavements will be resurfaced, thousands of potholes repaired and dozens of traffic signals upgraded with modern technology as part of a major £35 million investment in Stoke-on-Trent’s road network.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to spend £22.8 million on road and pavement improvement programmes over the next four years. The investment, which was rubber-stamped as part of the council’s capital investment programme, is one of the biggest ever sustained investments in the city’s road network by the council.
A total of 168 roads and 75 pavements are scheduled to see improvements undertaken in the first 12 months, with work planned to sections of busy routes including:
-Weston Road (Meir)
-Beaconsfield Drive (Blurton)
-Sutherland Road (Longton)
-High Lane (Burslem)
-High Street (Tunstall)
-MFI roundabout (Etruria)
-London Road (Stoke)
-King Street (Fenton)
-Stafford Street (Hanley).
On top of the £22.8 million, the council can announce it has been successful with a bid for £5 million to the Government’s Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.
Northern corridor resurfacing and signal improvements: Brownhills Road, Davenport Street, Newcastle Street, Moorland Road, High Lane, Hanley Road, Chell Street and Town Road.
Southern corridor resurfacing and signal improvements: Weston Road, Weston Coyney Road, Sutherland Road, Commerce Street, The Strand, King Street, City Road and Victoria Road.
Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage, said: “From speaking to and listening to people in our communities, we recognise the condition of the road network is a key priority for local people.
“We’re redeveloping Stoke-on-Trent into an inviting place to live, work, visit and invest in, with work taking place to create a vibrant city centre, improve attractions and deliver housing choices for every stage of life. It’s important we have a fit-for-purpose road network to match our ambitious growth plans, and this significant investment will help to ensure that. Once we get into spring and the weather improves we will really be able to start pushing ahead with the work.”
A local resident stated: “I reckon the roads should be fixed. I’m a motorcyclist so if the roads are uneven I could swerve off my motorcycle.
“The roads get used every day so I think it definitely is something that should get looked after.”
Following the successful ‘Keep Stoke Moving’ bid to Government, the council will now be expressing an interest for the second phase of the fund for further funding to improve other key routes in the city.
These would include the East to West corridor, Stoke Station to city centre, the A34, and Longton Road/Trentham Road. A decision is expected later in the year.