Suffolk County Council is set to confirm it will increase spending on road repairs by £10million over the next 18 months - and will target the works on country lanes and estate roads.

The amount the government receives from the government to maintain and repair roads is not enough to cover all the work that needs to be done.

This year it is receiving £11m and the majority of that is earmarked on making improvement to larger roads in the county.

That doesn't include emergency unplanned repairs, like pot holes. They are dealt with out of a separate £7m fund.

The council first announced the plan in May - but has now confirmed it will be rubber-stamped by its cabinet later this month.

If it is approved the repair schemes will be drawn up and undertaken before the end of March 2025.

That means the programme should be complete by the time the next county council elections come around in May 2025.

Paul West, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Ipswich, operational highways and flooding, said: "This major investment looks set to improve roads across the county where people live. These smaller roads are often in estates or off the beaten track in our villages and are in need of some love and attention.

East Anglian Daily Times: Paul West, of Suffolk County CouncilPaul West, of Suffolk County Council (Image: Suffolk County Council)

"By investing in resurfacing these types of road, rather than repairing them when potholes appear, it aims to reduce ongoing maintenance costs, our carbon footprint and disruption on our roads.

"It also aims to encourage more people to consider sustainable ways of getting about, such as walking and cycling.

"Our highways teams are currently prioritising sites and identifying the roads which we will target with this investment.

"If the extra investment is agreed we will look to deliver this larger programme of works over the course of the next year."