Sunday, 15 November 2009

£1.3 million spent on improving Torfaen roads

A £300,000 package of road resurfacing works in Torfaen is set to begin next week.

Garn Road, Blaenavon, Varteg Road, Varteg, and Foundry Road in Abersychan will benefit from the Welsh Assembly cash which will take the total 12 month spend on roads in the county borough past the £1.3 million mark.

Work, which is being carried out by Torfaen Council, will begin on Garn Road on Monday with the rest of the improvements scheduled later this month.

The latest round of spending comes after the £447,000 spent on resurfacing earlier this year with roads including stretches of Thornhill Road, Greenmeadow Way and Llantarnam Road in Cwmbran benefiting.

And in autumn 2008 some £650,000 was spent on other roads including The Highway, Croesyceiliog; Newport Road, Cwmbran; Grange Road, Cwmbran and the A472.

Councillor John Cunningham, Executive Member for Operational Services, said: "Spending £1.3 million on our roads shows we are committed to improving their condition. In an ideal world we would love to spend more but there is simply not enough money in our budget to do this."

Whilst acknowledging the current condition of some roads in the County Borough, Councillor Cunningham said the local authority was doing its best to maintain 437 km of road it is responsible for.

Currently, Torfaen County Borough Council, like all authorities in England and Wales, has a maintenance backlog.

Councillor Cunningham said: "There is a public expectation that we should be able to repair or fix problems quickly, but, because of limited resources, this is not always possible unless it is a safety issue."


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