A £30MILLION programme to renew transport infrastructure including roads, streetlights, and bridges has been agreed by Lancashire County Council.

The new programme will include £23m to resurface roads and tackle potholes following the damage caused by long spells of wet and cold weather over the winter.

More than £10m of this has been set aside for work to fix potholes, carry out minor repairs and prevent potholes occurring, which includes £2m to address problems on 47 residential roads where potholes are occurring most frequently.

A further £8m is being invested in maintaining the busiest routes, with 68 schemes to renew A, B and C roads.

The repairs are being made in line with a 15-year plan to improve the health of Lancashire's highway infrastructure which focuses on using survey data to decide when it's the best time to carry out preventative maintenance, before more expensive repairs or replacement are needed.

The programme also includes £1m to prevent flooding by upgrading and maintaining drainage systems, as well as £0.5m for schemes to improve road safety, and £0.5m for cycle safety.

County Cllr Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This maintenance programme will extend the life of our roads and entirely replace some of the most worn-out surfaces."

However County Cllr Azhar Ali, who is the leader of the Labour group, said the Conservative administration has 'lost the plot' by not spending more money on transport infrastructure.

He said: "I welcome the money going into roads but it's not enough.

"The simple message is the Conservative group have totally lost the plot in managing their highways effectively and should consider their position."