New lease of life for pavements and roads across Plymouth


South West Highways Operations Manager Neal Gibson and Councillor Dann view footway resurfacing

South West Highways Operations Manager Neal Gibson and Councillor Dann view footway resurfacing

More than 48,000 square metres of footways and roads have been given a new lease of life as part of our repair programme for this year, with even more sites set to benefit between now and April.

Thirty-eight footways and 62 roads will be resurfaced by the end of March and extra sites are being added to the programme thanks to an additional cash injection of £450,000 from the Department for Transport.

A full, detailed survey of the city’s roads and footways was carried out to get an up-to-date picture of their condition and ensure money is targeted where it is most needed.

It showed that while increased investment in resurfacing and preventative treatments had improved the city’s roads, pavements had deteriorated in comparison.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene, said: “We promised to improve the condition of our pavements and footways – which have been somewhat neglected in recent years – and dozens of sites across Plymouth are benefiting from this increased investment.

“We’ve also ensured that essential works continue to keep our highway network in the best condition possible, with a focused effort on fixing the city’s worst potholes and repairing damaged roads.

“We’re spending more than £3 million on resurfacing and other preventative treatments this financial year and have already repaired more 2,300 potholes and other road defects.”