ROADS across the district have been resurfaced as part of £2.2m worth of highway schemes completed by Essex County Council last month.

According to the county council, road surveys have placed Essex in the top 25 per cent of all highway authority areas in the country.

Recent years have seen a focus on network priority routes, or ‘A’ routes, and with significant improvements. A recent survey of the principle road network showed just four per cent in need of repair, half the level of just two years ago, a spokesman said Highways and transportation cabinet member Norman Hume said: “We are seeing the benefits of continued investment on our highways in Essex and they are now recognised as some of the best in the country meaning residents can get around in greater comfort and with the minimum of delay.

“As well as delivering 12 congestion-busting schemes over the next few months, we are improving road conditions in residential areas around the county and I hope residents are starting to see the benefits of this, as well as noticing the dramatic improvements are being made to our main routes.”

Among the roads which have been surface dressed or resurfaced during August are the A113 London Road, Abridge; Berwick Lane and School Road, Stanford Rivers; Sheering Lower Road; and Chester Road and Alderton Hall Lane, in Loughton.