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Government announces £46 million fund to fix potholes

20/12/17
Government announces £46 million fund to fix potholes
The Department for Transport has announced it will invest almost £50 million to fix potholes across England. The investment is part of a multi-million strategy to improve the country’s smaller roads.

The latest funding to tackle the nation’s ongoing scourge of potholes is on top of the £75 million given to councils earlier this year. During a visit to York, Transport Minister Jesse Norman also announced that the Government will also invest £151 million in a local highways maintenance incentive fund.

Mr Norman said that people “need great roads to get about, do business and see friends and family”. He added: “We’re investing record amounts at present to improve the condition of our roads, so drivers and cyclists don’t have to dodge potholes to travel safely.”

Mr Norman also announced a further £4 million to improve cycle facilities at train stations. This project develops high quality parking facilities for bikes at stations and will continue into next year thanks to the additional funding.

Since its formation in 2012, the Department for Transport has invested almost £35 million in the “Cycle Rail Programme”, which has seen bike journeys at participating stations increase by nearly 40% during that time. Meanwhile, £500,000 will be used to speed up the development of connected vehicle technologies. The £46 million extra funding will be used to repair almost one million extra potholes outside London.

The Pothole Action Fund was launched in the 2016 Budget and with £250 million aims to fix more than four million potholes by 2020/21. In Surrey, for example, the council has been awarded more than £800,000 to fill 15,800 potholes across the county. 

In Northamptonshire more than £700,000 has been awarded to fill its 13,793 potholes at a cost of £53 each. Councils across England have also been given an opportunity to win £500,000 in a competition to develop pilot projects of new connected technologies that can collect road condition and pothole data.

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