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By Fiona Reid
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Extra money for region’s roads

MORE than £30 million has been earmarked to improve roads and infrastructure across Dumfries and Galloway.

As part of the budget, the five year investment will see a major increase in the amount of roads maintenance undertaken each year by the council.

And officials say that will mean more potholes repaired, more improvements to road drainage, more repairs to bridges and more repairs to footpaths, as well as a 20 per cent increase in the size of the roads workforce.

Chief executive Dawn Roberts said: “Members across all political groups agreed the need for a significant increase in the budget for roads maintenance – in line with feedback from communities throughout the region.

“This investment will mean better quality roads, increased investment in the local economy and more local employment opportunities.

“The five-year investment will see the budget for road repairs increase by around 50 per cent. As we plan this major programme of road repairs, we will do everything we can to keep local communities informed.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council is responsible for one of the biggest road networks in Scotland with: 2611 miles of roads, 823 miles of footways, 1307 bridges and over 24,000 street lights.

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