Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, announces how a £168 million pothole repair fund will be spent to deal with broken roads, the ‘bane of all our lives’
Potholes are the bane of our lives and a menace to our roads, the Transport secretary has said, as he announced how a £168 million will be spent to mend the nation’s broken roads.
The Government has promised to fill more than three million potholes will be filled in by March next year.
The funding will be shared between 148 councils that applied for the money.
Bigger awards will be given to model councils which has already invested in new technology, specialist machinery or dedicated crews to tackle the millions of potholes blighting Britain’s roads.
Northamptonshire is among the councils to get an extra slice of money set aside to mend potholes is which will get £3.3 million after it set up systems to track pothole repairs in real time, allowing it to deploy teams and co-ordinate work more effectively.
Hampshire, where new pothole-fixing equipment can be converted to salt icy roads in winter, gets around £6 million, while Lancashire will receive £4.9 million.
London will get £10 million of the money which must be used to repair the holes or ensure they do not appear in first.
At least 40,000 drivers claimed compensation from councils for damage caused by potholes last year, an analysis by The Telegraph has suggested.
The number of motorists securing payouts from local authorities rose sharply last year after months of severe weather and warnings by councils of a giant backlog of road repairs.
Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary said: â€œPotholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.
But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this government’s long term economic plan.
By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this country.