Fund to fix our potholes gets an extra £200m in emergency government funding

Fund to fix our potholes gets an extra £200m in emergency government funding to help resurface more than 1,000 miles of highway Town halls are given funding from the Department for Transport to fix our roads A survey found pothole repairs in England and Wales rose by a fifth last year Many were opened up by the ‘Beast from the East’ freezing weather front in 2018

By James Salmon Transport Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:30 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 01:30 BST, 1 April 2019

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Town halls are being given £200million to fix their crumbling roads.

The emergency funding from the Department for Transport is enough to help resurface more than 1,000 miles of highway.

It includes £50million specifically for potholes and flood measures.

The money comes from the £6.6billion the Government is providing over the six years to 2021 to improve local roads.

Motoring campaigners have complained that councils often leave dangerous potholes for weeks or even months unrepaired. Town halls are being given £200million to fix their crumbling roads [File photo]

Motoring campaigners have complained that councils often leave dangerous potholes for weeks or even months unrepaired. Town halls are being given £200million to fix their crumbling roads [File photo]

It will also continue to fund research into new surface materials and pothole repair techniques, including the use of 3D printing.

Martin Tett of the Local Government Association welcomed the extra funding but said more money would be needed.

He added: ‘Potholes are the scourge of all road users and this funding is good news to help councils repair them and pioneer innovative ways to stop them forming in the first place.

‘While innovation will help councils who are fixing a pothole every 17 seconds, funding challenges remain for local authorities to deal with long-term maintenance of their local roads and address a backlog of road repairs which has risen to nearly £10billion to provide better roads that are safer and more resilient to constant use.’

The money comes from the £6.6billion the Government is providing over the six years to 2021 to improve local roads. It will also continue to fund research into new surface materials and pothole repair techniques [File photo]

The money comes from the £6.6billion the Government is providing over the six years to 2021 to improve local roads. It

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