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Solihull Council get £7m for road repairs

Solihull roads are to receive a major overhaul following a share of £39million worth of Government funding.

Solihull roads are to receive a major overhaul following a share of £39million worth of Government funding.

The West Midlands has been awarded the cash to spend on urgent road repairs, with Solihull Council receiving a £7 million share of the funds.

The money has been won by the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (WMITA) following a bid to the Department for Transport.

The cash comes from a £600 million pot for local road maintenance known as the Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund, first revealed by the Government in December.

The £39 million comes from a £275 million bidding process within that pot for local authorities, where the winners put forward the strongest case.

WMITA was the only integrated transport authority among 28 councils and bodies to share in this money.

The authority will then distribute it over the next three years to the seven local councils that make up the authority.

Coun Bob Sleigh, the leader of Solihull Council and deputy chairman of the West Midlands ITA, welcomed the cash boost for road repairs.

“Our A-roads are the arteries of our economy, moving people and goods whilst the delays and repairs associated to poor road maintenance on our major roads are costs to our businesses and residents, a cost we can now reduce,” he said.

“Crucially, this means that all road users will benefit from smoother and more reliable journeys from the investment including drivers, cyclists and bus passengers.

“We are the only ITA in the country to receive such an award, which I think speaks volumes for the strength of the bid we submitted and shows what can be achieved when the region speaks with one voice.”

Roger Lawrence, chairman of the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority, added: “This is excellent news for West Midlands people and businesses.

“The fact that we’ve secured such a significant proportion of this national funding demonstrates the strength of our business case and joint working.

“It will bring much-needed infrastructure investment to our region’s road network and will support our drive to deliver jobs, growth and prosperity.”

 

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