Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Extra £100m for pothole repairs

  • Comment

The government is to provide more than £100m of extra money to deal with potholes.

The funding, to go to local councils in England, is in addition to the £831m already provided to councils for road maintenance this year and the £3bn the government has committed over the next four years.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said that the severe weather at the end of last year had left many local roads in a poor condition.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond, left, said: “I am determined to see the winter damage to our roads fixed as quickly as possible and we will be working with councils to make sure that happens.

“This money should make a real difference to the millions of drivers who are fed up with having to continually battle against dangerous potholes, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

The extra funding has been made possible because of savings the DfT made earlier in the financial year.

Cllr Peter Box (Lab), right, chairman of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) economy and transport board, said: “Councils filled in more than two million potholes last year and, following the coldest December on record, face an enormous task to keep roads in a safe condition this year.

“It is good news the government has responded to the concerns of local authorities by agreeing to the LGA’s request for extra money to fix potholes caused by unprecedented winter weather.

“Even as council budgets are being cut, it is vital that road maintenance is sufficiently funded over the coming years if we are to avoid roads crumbling into disrepair. This extra money announced today is an important contribution.”

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.