The Government is inviting local authorities to bid for a share of a £168m Pothole Fund to repair local roads and make them safer and smoother for motorists, cyclists and other road users.
As a condition of the funding, successful authorities will have to sign a pledge setting out the number of potholes they will repair by March 2015.
Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said: “Potholes are a menace for all road users which is why this extra funding is provided.
“I want councils to rise to the challenge, and to reward councils who come up with new and better ways of making repairs quickly and effectively.
“With this new fund, councils will need to clearly set out the scale of the work they are doing, and local communities can have certainty that the money is being spent fixing potholes on their local roads.”
The Government says that the £168m fund is “enough to fix more than three million potholes”. It is in addition to the £10bn for local roads maintenance that the DfT is providing to councils in England between 2010 and 2021.
The guidance for the application process is now available on the GOV.UK website. Councils have until 4pm on Thursday 22 May to submit a bid to the DfT.
A track record of best practice, or proposals for innovative solutions, will be recognised as part of the bidding process.