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COUNCILS SHARE IN EXTRA£14.2M TO REPAIR HEAT DAMAGED LOCAL ROADS

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Local roads damaged by last summer's hot dry weather will be repaired ...
Local roads damaged by last summer's hot dry weather will be repaired

thanks to£14.2m funding announced today by transport minister

Tony McNulty.

This funding has been made available as a direct response to requests

from those local authorities in the worst affected areas and

demonstrates the government's commitment to ensuring that our roads

remain in a good state of repair and are safe for all road users.

Eight local authorities in the South East and East of England whose

roads were worst hit by the weather will share in the money. These

include:

South East

East Sussex£4.6m

Kent£1.9m

Isle of Wight£1.2m

Hampshire£1.0m

West Sussex£1.0m

Buckinghamshire£0.2m

East of England

Cambridgeshire£2.2m

Peterborough£2.2m

Mr McNulty said:

'During the exceptionally hot and dry conditions, clay and peaty

soils underlying the roads shrank causing them to subside leading to

deformation of the road surface and severe cracking.

'The announcement of this funding demonstrates the government's

commitment to working closely with local authorities to ensure that

our roads remain in a good state of repair and do not endanger road

users. I am pleased that the department has been able to provide the

worst hit local authorities with additional funding to repair the

damage'.

Notes

1. In providing money for drought damaged roads, the Department for

Transport is responding to requests from local authorities. The money

is to be made available from the contingency reserve.

2. A number of other local authorities, mainly in the South East and

the East of England, applied for supplementary funding for drought

damaged roads. Only those authorities whose costs exceeded 15% of

their formulaic capital allocation for highway maintenance in the

2004/05 Local Transport Plan settlement for were considered eli gible.

This is the same approach as was taken in 2001 when the government

compensated local authorities whose roads had been damaged by

flooding.

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