Surrey roads teams carry out more than £14.5 million of repairs in six months (From This Is Local London)
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Surrey roads teams carry out more than £14.5 million of repairs in six months
1:51pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
Roadworks teams in Surrey carried out more than £14.5 million of major repairs to more than 100 roads in the six months to September.
The Surrey County Council highways teams reconstructed 107 roads - equivalent to £14.7 million of major repairs – between April and September.
The county council said if laid end-to-end, the major repairs would run 40 miles – the distance from London to Reading.
The works are part of a five-year £100 million programme called Operation Horizon, to overhaul more than 300 miles of roads in the county.
The improved roads have a ten-year guarantee on them, with the contractor having to pay if any more repairs are needed during that period.
The council stated that other significant highways works have included 83 miles of road surface upgrades, the distance from London to Peterborough.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “We’ve got a great deal for our taxpayers where all our new roads have a ten-year, pothole-proof guarantee under Operation Horizon, or the contractor pays.”
He said: “With 71 miles of further repairs already planned in the coming months, Surrey’s residents can look forward to even more roads being improved.”
The council stated that using better road materials, improved programming and good-value engineering has also allowed it to save £2.3 million during the same period, compared with similar repairs last year.
Operation Horizon was praised by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin during a visit to Surrey earlier this year.
In 2012, the county council’s highways teams repaired more than 200 miles of road - equivalent to almost two laps of the M25.
Works have also included underpinning a landslip at Slines Oak Road in Woldingham, preparations on roundabout improvements at the Egham junction with the M25, and the completion of the New Walton Bridge across the River Thames.