The Government has confirmed it will provide £50m during this financial year to enable more than 100 councils across England to repair 943,000 potholes.
The money is part of the £250m ‘Pothole Action Fund’ which will be used to repair more than four million potholes by 2020/21.
Of the money to be provided in this financial year, the South West and the South East are the biggest beneficiaries, receiving £8.433,000 and £8,334,000 respectively.
The condition of the UK’s roads is often debated in the media and is something of a political hot potato.
The results of a survey published last month suggest the ‘one-time cost’ to get roads in England and Wales back into reasonable condition is now £11.8bn.
The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) survey also estimated that 13% of England’s road network (excluding London) is in poor structural condition, while the length of time it would take to clear the carriageway maintenance backlog is 14 years.
In January, the RAC revealed it was called out to 25,487 pothole-related breakdowns in 2015, a rise of 24% year-on-year.
In total, the Government has announced spending of £6.1bn on local highways maintenance between 2015/16 and 2020/21. It says that this will give councils long-term certainty for the first time to plan future work with the aim of preventing potholes and improving local roads, bridges and street lighting.
Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the country. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils £250m specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.
“This is just one part of our unprecedented investment in local road maintenance over the next five years. We are giving a record £6bn to local authorities in England that will improve journeys across the regions.”
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