BRADFORD has been given a road maintenance boost by the Department for Transport with a £5.2 million package which will pay for work to improve retaining walls in the city and neighbouring Kirklees area.

The scheme is one of 31 nationally to be awarded funding, with 28 local authorities benefitting from the £275 million spending spree.

According to the Department for Transport, the proposal will improve the reliability of retaining wall structures within West Yorkshire and Kirklees.

The successful schemes were chosen because they were deemed to improve conditions for residents and businesses in the areas affected.

The Challenge Fund will be used for one-off major infrastructure schemes by local authorities to improve life for local residents and businesses.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin (pictured) said: “Good quality local roads are essential for people to get on with their daily business and today’s announcement will provide extra capacity where it is needed most.

“This government has put record funding in place for local roads as part of our long-term economic plan to improve journeys, create jobs and drive economic growth.”