Funding to repair 10 million potholes

11.44 | 15 February 2021 |

Local authorities across England have been allocated their share of £500 million to carry out highways maintenance over the coming year.

The funding, announced on 15 February, will go toward ensuring potholes and other road maintenance issues across the country are fixed.

The DfT expects the funding will help fix the equivalent of 10 million potholes – making thousands of local roads ‘both safer and easier to drive and cycle on’.

Baroness Vere, transport minister, said: “We know potholes are more than just a nuisance – they can be dangerous to drivers and cyclists alike, and cause damage to thousands of vehicles every year.

“The funding allocated today will help councils ensure roads in their area are kept up to standard, and that the potholes that blight road users can be dealt with promptly.”

The funding is the second of five equal instalments from the £2.5 billion Potholes Fund, providing £500 million a year between 2020/21 and 2024/25, announced by the Chancellor in the 2020 Budget. 

It is also part of wider funding the DfT provides for road maintenance, totalling over £1.1 billion across England in 2021/22.



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