Pothole fund boosted to repair roads after winter damage

Local roads badly affected by recent winter weather will benefit from a further £100 million from the government. The funds will help repair any potholes and other storm damage, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced.

Almost 2 million potholes as well as help protect the roads from any future severe weather, are to be repaired.

This is on top of the £75 million in government funding already given to councils from the Pothole Action Fund this year. There is also the additional £46 million boost for highways authorities announced just before Christmas. Around 7 million potholes will be filled due to this money, announced in the 2016 Budget.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “People rely on good roads to get to work and to see friends or family. We have seen an unusually prolonged spell of freezing weather which has caused damage to our local roads.

“We are giving councils even more funding to help repair their roads all road users can enjoy their journeys without having to dodge potholes”.

Already, £2.5 million has been allocated to Devon County Council to quickly repair the A379 which was badly damaged by Storm Emma.

The Government is also investing more than £900,000 in innovations using connected vehicles to help councils more efficiently manage and plan maintenance works.

These trials will ultimately help provide councils with data to enable them to repair potholes before they occur as well as maintain their other assets more effectively as part of their asset management plans. This will help prevent further potholes and other road defects occurring over time.

The Department is also providing £30,000 to the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) to work on technological and innovative improvements to future-proof the local road network.

This fund is on top of the record £6 billion the Government is providing local authorities between 2015 and 2021 to maintain and improve their roads.

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