Councils across England are today (13 Jan) finding out their share of a £1.2bn Government fund to help them improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times.
The DfT has also announced details of a new trial which could ‘revolutionise the way potholes are identified and managed’.
Local roads funding for the 2017/18 financial year includes £201m from the new National Productivity Investment Fund, announced in the Autumn Statement, and £70m from the Pothole Action Fund.
£801 million will be shared across local highway authorities in England (outside London) for local roads’ maintenance, and councils can also bid for a share of a £75m fund to repair and maintain local infrastructure such as bridges, street lighting and rural roads.
Andrew Jones, transport minister, said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life linking people with jobs and businesses with customers, which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists.
“The funding we have allocated today is focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – helping to build an economy that works for everyone.”
In the potholes trial, a ‘pothole-spotter system’ – mounted to refuse collection vehicles and comprising high-definition cameras, integrated navigation system and intelligent software – will be deployed to identify road surface problems before they become potholes.The trail is being carried out by the DfT in partnership with Thurrock and York councils.
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