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Lengthsman Scheme clears the way in Gloucestershire


Dedicated highways gangs are carrying out quick spot jobs right across the county this summer.

Highway crews can be seen out and about this summer carrying out jobs such as cutting back vegetation, cleaning out gullies, cleaning road signs and tidying up footways after Gloucestershire County Council committed five dedicated two-man highway gangs to focus on specific lengths of road at a time

Following a successful trial last year, this year each local county councillor has the lengthsmen at their disposal for three weeks to make a range of highway repairs.

Parish and town councils are involved too, as they are telling their local county councillors about the jobs in their area which they see as a priority.

This month work has been taking place in and around Tewkesbury. In Gannaway Lane overgrowth was cleared away and a gully was cleaned out to help rain water drain away better which alleviates flooding.

On the A438 at Ashchurch Road brambles and nettles were cleared at the pedestrian crossing near Morrisons supermarket.

Also planned this year are jobs in rural areas such as repairs to highway drainage, fixing loose gully grills and clearing the overgrowth along footpaths.

In urban areas work is scheduled to fix loose kerbs, gully grills and footway slabs.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "All day, every day our highway crews work around the clock to keep Gloucestershire safe and moving.

"With the lengthsman scheme towns and villages will benefit this summer, from cleaning up road signs to cutting back overgrown verges and fixing up footpaths. One of our five dedicated two-man highway gangs will be heading your way soon."

The scheme has an annual budget of £390,000 for Gloucestershire and county councillors can use money from their 'highways local' budget of £30,000 per councillor to buy additional weeks of support from the lengthsman if they wish.

For anyone on Twitter please follow @GlosRoads to find out what work is taking place at the moment and look out for the hashtag #highways365 to see how highways crews are working 365 days for you.

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