Just under £29m will be spent on Norfolk’s roads over the next 12 months, but council bosses have admitted those millions will not be enough to prevent deterioration.

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An estimated £36m would need to be spent to keep the county’s roads in their current condition, according to transport bosses at Norfolk County Council.

But, with the council looking to make £189m of cuts and savings over the next three years, the Labour/Liberal Democrat administration today agreed it could only afford to spend £25.4m on structural maintenance.

A further £1.4m has been allocated on bridges and £2m on integrated transport schemes.

But officers, in a report which came before councillors, said that: “There is likely to be some deterioration of highway condition as the annual need is calculated to be in the region of £36m to maintain current condition levels”.

They added it was hoped, in the next spending review period, that government grants would be increased to help tackle any deterioration.

Tom McCabe, interim director of environment, transport and development, said: “The highways maintenance is probably the most valuable asset the county council owns.

“We look at the condition over a 20 to 40 year period and the capital programme is the intervention we make each and every year.”

Among the money which will be spent is £1.6m to resurface principal roads, just under £1m to surface B roads and £3m on surface dressing on C roads.

Examples of specific projects to benefit from the integrated transport cash inlcudes £100,000 earmarked for a cycle contraflow in Magdalen Street in Norwich; £35,000 allocated to improve access to Diss railway station; £50,000 for CCTV at Thetford Bus Station and £60,000 towards improvements to the Saturday Marketplace in King’s Lynn.

Some £200,000 is also available for the parish partnerships scheme, which sees the council and Norfolk Speed Camera Partnership support traffic improvement schemes from parish and town councils.

The council has received 73 bids, of which 68 have been successful, with details due to be revealed this week.

The cabinet also agreed that part-time 20mph speed limits will only be introduced outside schools where road safety risks are greatest, rather than outside every Norfolk school.

While the cabinet agreed its aspiration was to place them outside all schools, officers had said it would be unaffordable to introduce them at all schools.

Mick Castle, cabinet member for schools, said: “It’s a noble aspiration, but it is a case of looking at the schools in most need.”

• Does more need to be done to tackle speeding in Norfolk? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

20 comments

  • Hey! Don't worry...The Big Society will be along soon to repair all the roads....LoL

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    marty r

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Surely the Tories 'alternative budget', that never was, should have adressed this fiasco. Oh no, of course, it couldn't, because it didn't add up. How embarassing, what what. But even worse that Chloe Smith getting everyone's hopes up that Borat would save the day with yet another misleading leaflet in her constituency. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • So I said to my partner as we traveled towards a roundabout in Norwich, and there are a few now, where there are posts in between the dual carriageway with wires joining? and ivy or something on the wire, 'They look good but I wish the money had been spent on the roads instead of the scenery to make it look nice'. Such a waste IMO.

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    JEN

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Why spend money on speed cameras when the roads are in such a poor condition?? Surely the best way to make our roads safer is by maintaining them, in a way that avoids swerving vehicles & roads so badly maintained that they make every vehicle a potential danger to everyone.

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    el84

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • So they are telling us they dont have the money to maintain the roads, no doubt they will just put up more signs and speed restrictions then. Our road tax that we are fleeced of every year is there to maintain the road system, not to pay for their household bills. Might have to put in a claim to them soon for damaged wheels and knackered suspension on my car!!

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    FTOGPX

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • These road problems go way beyond the County boundaries. This is a nationwide problem and a scandalous situation. We in the UK pay some of the highest motoring related charges in terms of VED, petrol tax, parking fees etc compared to other European countries. Despite this we have some of the worst, and most poorly maintained roads. The motor related revenue which must total billions of pounds over the years should have been ring fenced and reinvested in the roads and related infrastructure.

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    Grey Fox

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • "...Our road tax that we are fleeced of every year is there to maintain the road system, not to pay for their household bills..." . No it isn't. There is no such thing as road tax, and hasn't been since 1937. Road building and maintenance is financed from other taxation . What you pay is a vehicle excise duty....get a low emission car and you won't have to pay it at all.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Pot holes are more than a minor irritation! My car rarely goes out of Norfolk and I just got a £300 bill for front suspension damage plus £220 road tax for the year and still have to put up with the state of our counties roads!

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    Martin Jennings

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • A somewhat short-sighted policy as it will cost so much more to repair them if they are left to deteriorate even further.

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    la barbe

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • What is the point of a 20mph limit outside schools. Obviously none of the councillors have tried to navigate round the lines of often badly parked cars outside schools belonging to the parents of said pupils. One would like to drive at 20 through the obstacle course but you can`t.

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    BG

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • This is a fine example of a council who really has lost the plot, they waste money on air bases that should be left to the private sector. They try and keep a white elephant alive called an incinerator that will cost a fortune and they are trying to build roads that should be put on hold. They are not fit for purpose and should be broken up they are a joke

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Norfolk roads have been crumbling for years,a bit like the coastline! getting governments and councils to organise a remedy for all this doesn't seem to have any effect.Lifting Norfolk out of the doldrums in terms of investment in the infrastructure appears to be an impossible task! If the level of money being invested in London's infrastructure came to East Anglia,we would have decent sea defences and good roads,but of course it won't happen!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I wonder what would happen if we only paid part of our vehicle excise tax and told the government that we appreciate that it's not enough but that is all we could afford. I'm sure they'd understand that we have not got the money and need to make cuts.

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • It's nothing but a joke, our roads are falling apart due to lack of maintenance, yet monies can still be set aside for a dead end NDR which is of no use to anyone other than the money grabbers.

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    Catton Man

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I agree with Old Long Balls - there should be no huge expenditure on new roads when we can't afford to repair those we already have. And look at the speed humps scattered along our roads - falling apart, but no money to repair them. Don't put them in in the first place, save a fortune.

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    RogerP

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • My friend felt this 'lack of funding' last week, coming home late with good lights on his Bromptom, he carriered into a 1ft. deep pothole, went over the handle bars and thats all he remembered, he woke up in the N&N, not knowing how he got there. He had a brain scan and was found OK apart from bruising and some severe back pain which he still feels today.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Being a car driver, pot holes are a minor irritation, damaged suspension at the worst. But also being a motorcyclist they are a recipe for serious injury or death. No one seems to mention that in all the discussion I see on here and in the press generally.

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    Responsible parent

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Whyever does a cycle contraflow down one street cost £100,000.00? Is it going to have staff and carpets and free refreshements or something??

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    john smith

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • i do not care as i have driven for years dodging pot holes and rubbish roads. So i bought a new 4x4 SUV at the start of the year. Its great. So the govements plans to get people in to smaller cars has not worked on me.

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    Panic

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • So Martin Jennings arrogantly decided not to read the rest of my piece on here. Typical he should only see the cost of damage to to his vehicle to out way human life. He certainly failed to see that !! As i repeat..a minor irritation in the big picture.

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    Responsible parent

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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