Further £3.8 million Government boost for Surrey's flood damage road repairs

Highways chiefs have unveiled a raft of roadworks to be carried out in the Life area over the next year after a £3.8 million Government boost.

Last week, Surrey County Council welcomed the cash injection from Whitehall towards its £23 million repair bill to fix roads, bridges and footways damaged by the floods of earlier this year.

The council stated it has already fixed 36,000 potholes this year after the winter floods.

A spokesman said this extra Government cash would cover the cost of fixing another 78,000.

Last month, Surrey announced its £23 million action plan to repair flood-damaged roads, which has already received a £5.3 million Government contribution.

As the news of the Government cash was confirmed, the county council unveiled a list of the 300 miles of road being repaired first under its flood-damaged road repair blitz.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways and flooding recovery, said: “We’re doing everything we can to put things right for Surrey residents, and we’re grateful for this Government contribution towards our £23 million repairs to flood-damaged roads.”

Coun Furey added: “As well as fixing potholes, we’re also planning ahead by deciding which 300 miles of road are getting our most urgent repairs over the next year.”

In the Reigate and Banstead borough area, more than 47 km of roads and footways will be renewed over the coming year.

The numerous sites due for repairs the council has identified include Doods Road, Chart Lane, Evesham Road and Friths Drive in Reigate, Three Arch Road, Earlswood, Salbrook Road, Salfords, and Benhams Drive and Benhams Close, Horley.

In Tandridge district, where more than 26 km of roads and footways will be repaired, workcrews will be turning their attention to roads including Orchard Road, Dowlands Lane and Wilderwick Road, Lingfield.

And in Mole Valley district, where more than 44 km of roads and footways will be renewed, Burford Bridge on the A24 and Flanchford Road Bridge at Reigate will be repaired and replaced respectively, after suffering major flood damage.

For details of all the sites for repairs and start and completion dates of the works, go to the council's website at: www.news.surreycc.gov.uk/

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