Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat Sheffield Hallam MP, got to see for himself how the £2 billion project to repair every road, pavement and streetlight in the City is transforming Sheffield’s streets.
Nick inspected the smooth road surfaces and new LED streetlights on one section of Loxley Road were work has been completed. He also visited Amey staff who were busy making the improvements to another stretch of Loxley Road towards High Bradfield.
The ‘streets ahead’ project was made possible by £1.2 billion of funding from the Coalition Government. The contractor Amey has started a five-year renovation programme that will cover the whole city. Amey will then work to maintain improvements for the duration of the 25-year contract.
Under the contract Amey has taken responsibility for improving and maintaining 1,900km of road, 68,000 streetlights, 500 traffic signals, 600 bridges and other structures, 2,400 retaining walls and 35,000 highway trees across the city.
Nick Clegg MP, said:-
“As a local MP Sheffielders tell me all the time how they are fed up with the state of the roads. Therefore I’m immensely proud that Sheffield’s roads are being transformed from some of the worst in the country to the best, thanks to the huge investment from this Coalition Government.
“Looking at the work for myself it’s clear to see that the project will transform our streets. However, the project is also creating dozens of new local jobs which helps create a stronger economy.
“Sheffield’s roads and pavements have been allowed to deteriorate for years under Labour. It is taking the biggest project of its kind in the country to put it right, but as the project rolls out we will finally have the local road infrastructure Sheffield deserves.”