Within the first year of the new highways contract in Surrey County Council about 300 miles of road was repaired or resurfaced, which adds up to be more in distance than the route between Land’s End and London.
Last April, the council worked hard to get a bargain when it signed a load of contracts with companies in an effort to get the best deal to maintain and improve Surrey’s roads. The largest contract it gave away was to May Gurney for six years and a total of £60m, which totals up to a savings of £4m compared to their last highway contract.
Since the new contract was signed 611 projects have been completed including the complete resurfacing of a one mile stretch of the Beare Green A24 Horsham Road which required workers to graft on the road for three weeks in a row.
Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment John Furey from the Surrey County Council stated that the roads in Surrey are the fourth busiest in the country and therefore are under a large amount of strain. Therefore, maintaining them and continuing to improve them is a large task.
Happily, Furrey was able to report that there has been a large amount of progress made this year at the same time that the council has been able to get the best value for the cost. He reported that taxpayers are saving over four million this year on the repairs while still receiving faster improvements.
Over the last year 14 pedestrian crossings have been refurbished and a total of 19 traffic light junctions including the Camberley Meadows Gyratory. In the future the county council hopes to replace its road maintenance programme with a five year plan that would help reduce costs by buying materials in bulk.