A total of £100m is being distributed to councils in England which will fix almost two million potholes. This is on top of the £75 million in government funding already allocated to councils from the Pothole Action Fund this year, as well as the additional £46 million boost for highways authorities announced just before Christmas. Around 7 million potholes will be filled with this money, as 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 so all road users can enjoy their journeys without having to dodge potholes.”
North Cornwall MP Scott Mann said:
“Potholes are hugely annoying for motorists. Not only can they cause damage to vehicles but they can also lead to accidents. Cornwall has a huge rural road network and faces a big challenge with potholes.This extra £2.5m will fix nearly 50,000 potholes in Cornwall and comes on top of the £1.5m that was allocated some months ago. The Government is investing significant sums of money to maintain our roads, and I hope Cornwall Council can utilise this money as much as possible before the summer season.”