Thirty roads across the borough will be resurfaced in the next year while another 75 will receive "preventative treatment".

The maintenance will be part of the council's £30m highway investment programme, which will continue from April.

The resurfacing works involves removing the old material and relaying a new surface, while the "preventative treatment" is carried out by overlaying roads with surface dressing or micro asphalt to seal the surfaces, prolonging the roads' lives.

Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said: “The annual amount (£5.5m for 2024/25) allocated to Bury by the Department for Transport is totally inadequate and less than half of what is needed to maintain good standards across the 660km network of Bury’s roads and other highway assets.

“This has been the case for many years, hence why Bury Council is investing £30m of extra funding for priority work on local roads.”

The 30 roads included in the 2024/25 resurfacing programme are:

• Ashbourne Grove, Whitefield

• Bentley Lane, Ramsbottom

• Bridge Road, Bury

• Bury and Bolton Road, Radcliffe

• Bury New Road, Whitefield/Prestwich

• Conway Avenue, Whitefield

• Conway Close, Whitefield

• Cromwell Road, Whitefield

• Crow Lane, Ramsbottom

• David Street, Bury

• Derby Street/Earl Street, Ramsbottom

• Elm Road, Whitefield

• Elson Street, Bury

• Harrogate Avenue, Prestwich

• Hazel Avenue, Bury

• Holcombe Road, Ramsbottom

• Holly Street, Ramsbottom

• Mersey Drive, Whitefield

• Moreton Avenue, Whitefield

• Newlands Avenue, Whitefield

• Palatine Street, Ramsbottom

• Park View Road, Prestwich

• Peel Hall Road, Ramsbottom

• Pinfold Lane, Whitefield

• Rectory Lane, Prestwich

• Top O'th' Fields, Whitefield

• Walmsley Street, Bury West

• Waterside Road, Ramsbottom

• White Street, Bury

• Whittaker Lane, Prestwich

The 75 roads which will receive preventative treatments will be decided by the council in the coming weeks, with the decision being based on surveys carried out over the winter.

Cllr Quinn added: “In the last 12 months around 100,000sq/m of surface dressing and micro asphalt has been applied to 75+ streets across the borough and 85,000sq/m of road surface has been fully replaced.

“In the coming months, thousands more residents will see the roads outside their houses change for the better, thanks to the council’s own investment of £30m over nine years.

“We know roads are important to everyone and we want to do everything we can to make journeys smoother for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

“Improvements can’t take place without some disruption though, and we thank residents for their patience while work is carried out.”

The news comes as the 2024 Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey report was published on Tuesday.

The report found that the average underspend of local authorities for road maintenance was ££7.2m per authority.

The report also highlighted that the national one-time catch-up cost has increased by 16 per cent to a new record high of £16.3bn and the work to address it would still take a decade to complete.

This is the amount needed, as a one-off (at today’s prices), to bring the network up to a condition that would allow it to be managed cost-effectively as part of a proactive asset management approach.

Cllr Quinn highlighted the figures from the report and said he is committed to getting residents' views on the issue and that it has been his main topic to discuss while canvassing.

He said: “The message I want to get across is the problem is underfunding by central government.

"We have been working on the roads with what we have but at the end of the day it will only take us so far and it's up to them to come up with the money, but they aren’t.

“People blame the council, but we only can spend what we get.”

In November,  Transport Secretary Mark Harper set out the allocations of an £8.3bn long-term plan, enough to resurface more than 5,000 miles of road across the country over the following 11 years.

Across England, it was announced local highway authorities would receive £150m this financial year, followed by a further £150m for 2024/2025, with the rest of the funding allocated through to 2034.

The money comes from redirected HS2 project funding.