Surrey identifies £300m highways backlog


Surrey County Council has estimated it will cost nearly £300m to bring all its roads up to standard.

The council said it would cost £294m to get 1,300 miles of roads up to the same standard as those overhauled in its Operation Horizon project.

It has called on the Government to reform the new roads fund from Vehicle Excise Duty, which will only be spent on motorways and major A roads managed by Highways England.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: ‘Operation Horizon is doing a good job of providing more than 300 miles of better, longer-lasting surfaces that come with a 10-year guarantee.

‘But given that the number of miles driven on our network has risen enormously and local drivers contribute £100m in Vehicle Excise Duty every year while only getting £20m back to invest in roads it only seems right that they get a better deal.’

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