Extra money for road improvements welcomed by Scunthorpe and Brigg MPs
MORE money has been made available to improve the region's roads.
North Lincolnshire Council will receive almost £1 million over the next two years from the Government to spend on highways.
It means the council will receive £630,000 in April and an additional £334,000 from April 2014. This comes on top of money the authority will commit in its own highways budget for the next two years.
The council's highways budget for the 2012-13 year was around £8.5 million.
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Council leader Liz Redfern said: "The winter always plays havoc with North Lincolnshire's roads and this additional money will make a big difference. Times are tough and fixing our roads and pavements locally is a priority for us. They were in a real state in 2011 and we are working really hard to improve them."
No plans have yet been announced as to which roads will benefit from the funding.
But the money will be fed into the council's programme for road improvements and flood prevention measures.
Terry Heath, chairman of the Scunthorpe Group of Advanced Motorists, said: "As an advanced driver, I would welcome any improvement in the roads. It will only help to further advance driving, general road safety and the condition of the roads. One of the things we particularly look for in our commentary driving is road conditions and it will be nice to see them improve."
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin said: "We have to welcome any additional money coming from the Government to the area.
"As you drive around the Scunthorpe area, you can see the need for further improvement in the highways. I am sure this money will be very well spent."
The money was also welcomed by Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy. He said: "Despite the appalling state of the nation's finances, it is good to see that the Government is acknowledging the work that needs to be done to improve the roads and pavements in North Lincs. Having an additional £1 million in grants is a good start towards helping the council to achieve its ambitious plans to improve our area's roads."