More cash to keep traffic on the move
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.