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Old 04-07-2016, 05:20 AM   #1
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Government announces pothole funding for local councils

50 million of funding being made available to fill in almost one million potholes

A pothole, yesterday.

THE government has just announced its making available the first of five batches of £50 million of funding to fix 943,000 potholes on the nation’s roads over the next 12 months.

Local authorities will receive a total of £50 million a year for the next five years, with the amount for each local authority calculated according to the size of the local road network in its jurisdiction.

The money has been made available as part of a £250 million ‘Pothole Action Fund’, which Chancellor George Osbourne included in last month’s budget. It will be used to fix over 4 million potholes by 2021.

The government is spending a total of £6.1 billion on local highways maintenance between 2015/16 and 2020/21, with the money going towards preventing potholes, improving roads and bridges and lighting.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

‘I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the country. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils £250 million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.

‘This is just one part of our unprecedented investment in local road maintenance over the next 5 years. We are giving a record £6 billion to local authorities in England that will improve journeys across the regions.’

You can click here for an interactive map of where potholes are being filled in in your area.

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