Mayor admits Liverpool’s roads ‘need upgrading’ next year


The mayor of Liverpool has agreed that the condition of the city’s roads will have to change over the next 12 months.

Mayor Joanne Anderson said the ‘problem’ with Liverpool’s roads was ‘really visible’ to be seen across the city after delays to resurfacing projects in previous years. She said the new capital funding will hopefully end people’s frustration with the city’s network.

The Mayor was speaking to members of the Mayor’s Select Committee and Liverpool Council’s Performance and told councilors she also meets regularly with the broken road surface, but new funds have been made available to resolve the problem. She said: “There have been delays in the road resurfacing program…every area is a priority.

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“I find new holes in the road daily and so it was delayed for quite a while. It’s the season to do it and in the next 12 months things should be different. Liverpool Council Cabinet last week approved nearly £25m to repair more than 100 roads across the city as part of its Motorways Investment Programme.

Under this program, the city will be divided into three zones – North, South and Center – with the aim of tackling priority areas in need of renovation. The road network is the largest physical asset owned by Liverpool Council.

During the meeting, Warbreck member Cllr Alan Gibbons expressed frustration with the state of the roads in his neighborhood and throughout the city as a whole, fearing that a lack of action could have a impact on residents’ engagement with local democracy. He added that he had written to Cllr Dan Barrington, the Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment, after reporting a pothole he had seen ‘kicked with a boot’.

Speaking after the meeting, he said: ‘It’s been going on since I was elected, you have endless fixes. There are places where the tarmac is just emptied and trampled on, it’s just not good enough.

“In Warbreck there are areas where I get photos of potholes and car damage on a daily basis, it causes a lot of consternation and it comes with a sense of cynicism that nothing is going to change. people just feel like they don’t see any action on the pitch.

“People need to see the results all over town.” Mayor Anderson told members Wednesday that “roads and trash cans are what everyone sees.”

She added: “The problem with our roads is really visible at the moment but hopefully we can make a big difference with this.”

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