Coventry’s roads set for £11m improvement scheme

Coventry City Council is set to spend £11.2 million on improving roads over the coming year.

The work follows on from an £11m programme over the past 12 months and continues the drive to create a roads network that can support a top 10 city, attract investment and cope with an increasing population.

The scheme will be discussed by councillors at a cabinet meeting on 8 March.

The programme will look at several areas, from repairing damage such as potholes to improving road markings and signs, and protecting grass verges to creating 20mph zones and residents’ parking schemes.

It will also look at how the roads can help the growth of the city and continue to improve the public realm.

The work will be funded through a variety of grants and funding schemes and there will also be a £1.4m programme of footway improvements funded by the Whitefriars Housing Group.

Councillor Rachel Lancaster, cabinet member for public services, said: “As a growing city it is vital that we continue to improve and maintain our roads, they are the lifeblood of the city and attract businesses and developers, but are also so important to the day to day lives of city residents. A good road network will help ease pollution and lead to cycleways and better footpaths to make us a healthier city. And new public realm work will create green spaces for everyone to enjoy.”

Councillors will hear that work over the last five years has greatly improved the condition of the city’s roads and footpaths, repairing potholes and resurfacing and strengthening the roads for the years ahead. That work will continue over the next 12 months.

There will be surfacing work on over 100 roads across the city.

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