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Councils reveal repair total of PS6m for roads; Work brought forward to smooth way for Tour.

Byline: Martin Shaw Assistant News Editor martin.shaw@examiner.co.uk

COUNCILS across Yorkshire have spent almost PS6 million improving roads for the Tour de France. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) councils have ploughed money into resurfacing, road strengthening, signage and other improvements.

Freedom of Information requests revealed local authorities had budgeted for PS5,950,000.

Councils told RICS that around three quarters of the planned expenditure, or PS4.5m, has been brought forward from future years, while several other councils had prioritised work on the route over other areas as part of their regular highway maintenance and improvement programmes.

e largest investment has been made by North Yorkshire County Council, which covers Harrogate, where Stage 1 terminates on Saturday.

North Yorkshire County Council spent PS4.2m on improvement work, including PS3.8m of work that was budgeted to be undertaken between 2015 and 2018.

In West Yorkshire, Kirklees, Bradford and Leeds had a combined total of up to PS950,000 while Calderdale Council has undertaken PS600,000 of work entirely brought forward from future years.

Kirklees Council did a lot of work on Chapel Hill, Lockwood Road and Woodhead Road as part of its Tour preparations.

e council also worked on road surfaces near the Ainley Top roundabout, where a big project with the Highways Agency was completed two weeks ago.

Rob Hindle, chairman of RICS Yorkshire and Humber Regional Board, said: "While we welcome the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire and all the economic benets it will bring, we certainly hope that by bringing forward so much work on Yorkshire's roads to before the race, the region won't be left without adequate maintenance for years to come.

"We don't want a feast today if it means a famine tomorrow."

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Date:Jul 2, 2014
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