Pothole Action Fund for smoother road journeys to fund council works in England
More than 100 councils are expected to share in £50 million in funding to fix almost one million potholes across the country.
A £250 million Pothole Action Fund was included in last month’s budget which aims to fix in excess of four million potholes by 2020/21.
An initial investment of £50 million is to be shared across councils in England to address an identified 943,000 within the next 12 months.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils £250 million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.”
He said the government was spending a record £6.1 billion on local highways maintenance between 2015/16 and 2020/21, giving councils the opportunity to plan future work with the aim of preventing potholes and improving local roads, bridges and street lighting.
The Pothole Action Fund will give local authorities in England £50 million per year over the next 5 years, to help them tackle more than 4 million potholes.
Funding is calculated according to the size of the local road network in the area, Mr McLoughlin said.
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