By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 10 September 2013 Updated: 12/09 09:37
BRINGING Redditch's roads up to scratch could cost hundreds of millions of pounds, a councillor has warned.
Coun Andy Fry spoke out to condemn 'years of under investment' from Worcestershire County Council which he claimed had seen the highways dip well below the expected standard.
Speaking at a Highways and Transportation Forum on Monday (September 9), he said: "I have always thought Redditch gets a poor deal from county council and we don't get enough of a share of the pot.
"If we are better than other authorities in some areas then God help other authorities and other drivers. Our drivers are constantly complaining about poor quality roads. Years of under investment by Worcestershire County Council has made Redditch roads so bad that it's going to take hundreds of millions of pounds to get them up to a good standard."
Coun Fry was echoing comments made by Clive Davis from the Central Partners and Communities Together group, who called on the highways team to focus their efforts on the central ward.
"We have got the oldest roads in the town which have been down since the Victorian times. When Mount Pleasant was last resurfaced it was probably with a horse and cart.
"The utilities are worn out so they get dug up more often than the new town and the roads are being destroyed all the time."
Highways manager Jon Fraser said the worst roads were resurfaced first, with priority also given to the busiest highways in the county.
He said inspections took place on a regular basis, with vehicles which measured the state of the road with a radar, visual checks conducted by inspectors and rapid response motorbikes which could be sent out to areas where a problem was highlighted.
"I don't know what these conditions are like relative to the rest of the county but I will get the area looked at.
"With discussions with county councillors, the future programme will be formed. We don't have a bottomless pit and are constrained by funding but we generally look to do the worst first."
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