[C]umbria County Council’s highways service has been recognised by the Department for Transport as one of the best in England.
The recognition means the county council will receive additional incentive funding from government for highways maintenance work in Cumbria, worth over a quarter of a million pounds in 2017/18 and rising to an estimated £4m a year by 2020.
The DfT introduced an Incentive Fund scheme to reward councils which demonstrate they are delivering long term value for money and sound maintenance of their local roads.
Cumbria County Council has achieved a Band 3 rating which recognises the council’s highways service as being among the best performing in the country.
Stephen Hall, Cumbria County Council Assistant Director, Highways, Transport and Fleet, said: “I’m absolutely delighted the DfT has recognised the excellent work being done by the council’s highways service. Achieving the top Band 3 rating represents a significant achievement for the council, especially at a time when the highways service has been working flat out to repair roads and bridges damaged in the December 2015 floods. It also means Cumbria will get the maximum possible amount of capital highway maintenance funding available from Government.”