Councillors laud advances on road to recovery

COUNTY top brass were patting each other on the back on Friday with the announcement that they have repaired almost as much road as two laps of the M25 in one year.

The extraordinary announcement follows the April launch of a £100 million programme which will tackle the root cause of potholes through major road resurfacing.

County and Knaphill Councillor Saj Hussain has fought hard alongside other Woking leaders to make sure the borough’s plight becomes a first-year priority in the five-year plan.

He said: “We have had all our meetings at County Hall and each county councillor has highlighted their area’s needs.

“We have decided the order of the roads that need to be prioritised over the given five-year period.

“In Woking, work has already started on Bullbeggars Lane, South Road, Hermitage Road and Well Lane. Priority roads have also been earmarked for Knaphill, including Broadway, Queens Road and Anchor Hill.”

Some of the other streets to be addressed are Robin Hood Road, Littlewick Road, Lockfield Drive, Inkerman Road and the Northwood Avenue area, Bassett Road and those on the Maybury Estate.

Cllr Hussain, who said five years would have been too long for motorists to wait for some improvements in and around Woking, added: “We have given the contractors, Kier, a clear indication of what jobs they need to do. That way they are able to give Surrey County Council a better price because they know the work is guaranteed so they can make their staffing arrangements accordingly.”

Known as Operation Horizon, the £100m project will target more than 300 miles of road. In many cases those in most desperate need of repair may be torn up and rebuilt from scratch.

On completion, new roads will have a 10-year repair guarantee, which means the contractors, who were formerly known as May Gurney, will have to cover the cost of further repairs should there be any damage.

Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways, John Furey, said: “Prevention is better than cure, which is why we’re investing £100 million.

“This means repairs are needed less often, and there will be fewer delays which gets Surrey’s traffic and our economy moving.

“Later this year, our new roadworks permit scheme will reduce delays even further by forcing utility companies to work in tandem with each other and with council contractors whenever it is possible.”

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