More cash to keep traf­fic on the move

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE HERALD -

IM­PROV­ING the state of the county’s roads, fix­ing street lights and pay­ing for more bus ser­vices are the tar­get of a £1.5mil­lion cash in­jec­tion. Kent County Coun­cil has an­nounced the ex­tra cash on top of the £61mil­lion it is al­ready plan­ning to splash out as part of its spend­ing on high­ways this year. Some £500,000 will pay for two ex­tra teams to re­pair, re­place and put up new road signs and re­store road line mark­ings. An­other £500,000 will be ear­marked for street light re­pairs and cre­at­ing a data­base of Kent’s light­ing stock. The rest of the money will pay for £200,000 of work on road bridges and £300,000 to sup­port “so­cially nec­es­sary” bus ser­vices. Cllr Keith Fer­rin (Con), KCC’s cabi­net mem­ber for high­ways, said: “The county coun­cil has a huge task look­ing af­ter the county’s roads net­work and this ex­tra cash will help main­tain the in­fra­struc­ture and sup­port buses. “We are com­mit­ted to keep­ing Kent mov­ing and we in­tend to do just that.” The ex­tra money was broadly wel­comed by op­po­si­tion par­ties at last week’s bud­get-set­ting meet­ing.

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