Over £1m. will be spent on fixing roads in the Ribble Valley and potholes will be repaired within 20 days.
That was the promise given from Lancashire County this week after it was announced that out of a £10.3m. package earmarked for long term road maintenance across Lancashire’s 12 districts £1.2m. will be spent here.
And an extra £666,000 the county council received after the December floods will also be spent on repairing roads in the Ribble Valley.
Phil Durnell, head of highways for Lancashire County Council, said: “We aim to fix any potholes that we find within 20 working days. Last year we repaired 98% of the 3,075 we found in the Ribble Valley within that time.
“The consistently wet weather and exceptional floods this winter have had a severe impact on our roads and in February and March were found around 50% more potholes than during an average winter. It is very difficult to make a lasting repair during such wet conditions and we are monitoring the work done over this period as we will need to re-visit some sites now the weather has improved.”
Twenty nine extra repair teams have been employed to work alongside the county council’s own 24 teamsto help speed up the repair process.
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has described roads in the area as “shameful and dangerous” particularly in outlying areas such as Waddington, West Bradford, Sawley and Grindleton.
The news will be welcomed across the Valley and especially in the places worst affected. One of the places badly hit is a two mile stretch of road between Hurst Green and Hodder Bridge which residents said looked like it had “been hit by a cluster bomb”.