New figures have revealed that Sheffield roads are in a considerably better state than in previous years, with the majority resurfaced as part of the Streets Ahead project.
Figures detailing the percentage of roads in each ward highlight that in the average ward 72% of roads have been resurfaced since the start of the council’s Streets Ahead project.
This information also follows on from last year’s National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction Survey which revealed that satisfaction with the city’s roads has almost doubled over the past decade.
In 2012 Sheffield City Council began a huge city-wide highways maintenance contract with Amey to upgrade and maintain the condition of the city’s roads, pavements, street lights, bridges and other items on or around our streets. The Streets-Ahead programme is the largest highway investment contract ever seen in Sheffield and is worth £2 billion.
Around 800 miles of road has been resurfaced and all areas of the city have seen at least half of their roads resurfaced – with a typical ward in Sheffield seeing 72% of their roads resurfaced in a little over five years.
Commenting on this Councillor Lewis Dagnall, Labour Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene said:
“It is great news that these new figures show that the majority of Sheffield roads have been resurfaced in the last few years.
“It wasn’t long along that Sheffield was labelled ‘pot-hole city’ but last year’s National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction Survey results showed that people’s satisfaction with the city’s roads has almost doubled
“This is even more remarkable given the declining state of the roads nationally amidst sweeping government cuts.
“We know that more work needs to be done, and importantly the Streets-Ahead programme is about maintaining the roads to a high standard for the next 25 years.