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North Lincolnshire road safety projects put on hold

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Image caption Improvements to road safety on the county's A road network have been deferred

Road safety and maintenance schemes totalling £1.2m have been put on hold because of a sharp cut in funding by North Lincolnshire.

The government has cut the council's local transport plan funding for 2010-11 by one fifth from £5.8m to £4.6m.

Bernard Regan, the council's cabinet member for highways, said: "Nobody could have foreseen this coming.

"The last thing we need is to have to put off projects until next year, but we have been left with no choice."

The council has deferred several projects until at least the next financial year and may decide to put them off further.

'Safety impact'

Mr Regan said: "We are where we are and it has been a difficult task deciding which schemes will now not go ahead as planned.

"After careful analysis, schemes have been selected that are felt to be suitable for deferral on the grounds of present progress, minimal safety impact and other considerations."

They include a school safety zone at Berkeley Infants and Junior School in Scunthorpe, the installation of "risk reduction measures" on A roads, improvements to zebra crossings and car park lighting.

The planned resurfacing of High Street and Burgate in Barton-upon-Humber, where the surface has "badly deteriorated", has also been put back, as has a programme to provide new bus shelters in Scunthorpe.

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