Government commits further £100m to repair potholes

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Author: | Updated: 26 Mar 2018 12:05

Local roads badly damaged due the recent Beast from the East and Storm Emma winter weather will benefit from a further £100 million to help fund repairs, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced today.

This is on top of the £75 million already given to councils from the Pothole Action Fund this year, as well as the additional £46 million for highways authorities announced just before Christmas.

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The money will help repair almost two million potholes as well as help protect the roads from any future severe weather.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “We have seen an unusually prolonged spell of freezing weather which has caused damage to our local roads.

“We are giving councils even more funding to help repair their roads so all road users can enjoy their journeys without having to dodge potholes.”

“This news is good for all road users but in particular for road transport operators,” commented Road Haulage Association Chief executive Richard Burnett.

“For hauliers, the road network, including the motorway system, is their workplace. However, harsh winter conditions have seen many roads fall into such a state of disrepair that many are no longer fit for purpose.”

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “Whilst extra money is welcome, recent independent analysis suggests there is a backlog of repairs totalling £9bn, so this is still a drop in the ocean when looking at the scale of what is required to fix our local roads. Poor quality road surfaces are not just a nuisance, they result in expensive repairs for drivers and can be fatal to cyclists.”

“The government should look at producing a long term local roads strategy and a mechanism that can secure direct funding to help clear the backlog and bring local roads up to an adequate state. If the government were to ring-fence 5p per litre from fuel duty, this would raise sufficient amounts over five years to help make our roads fit for purpose.”

How much will YOUR council receive to repair potholes?

£2.5 million has already been allocated to Devon County Council to quickly repair the A379 which was badly damaged by Storm Emma. Elsewhere, individual counties have been allocated:

Area Name Pothole/flood resilience funding allocation (£)
North East North East CA 4,533,373
North West Greater Manchester CA 2,882,002
North West Liverpool City Region CA 1,860,126
Yorkshire and The Humber Sheffield City Region CA 1,364,732
Yorkshire and The Humber West Yorkshire CA 3,107,703
West Midlands West Midlands ITA 1,702,946
North East County Durham UA 1,296,639
North East Darlington UA 185,229
North East Hartlepool UA 136,775
North East Middlesbrough UA 147,147
North East Northumberland UA 1,849,720
North East Redcar and Cleveland UA 246,208
North East Stockton-on-Tees UA 270,003
North East Gateshead 279,456
North East Newcastle upon Tyne 296,781
North East North Tyneside 265,372
North East South Tyneside 183,836
North East Sunderland 361,570
North West Blackburn with Darwen UA 178,365
North West Blackpool UA 146,983
North West Cheshire East UA 1,081,305
North West Cheshire West and Chester UA 892,090
North West Halton UA 212,684
North West Warrington UA 325,886
North West Cumbria 2,859,217
North West Bolton 318,470
North West Bury 200,241
North West Manchester 438,956
North West Oldham 269,365
North West Rochdale 247,494
North West Salford 268,154
North West Stockport 297,212
North West Tameside 228,036
North West Trafford 244,119
North West Wigan 369,956
North West Lancashire 2,393,218
North West Knowsley 215,689
North West Liverpool 481,702
North West Sefton 311,440
North West St. Helens 259,687
North West Wirral 378,923
Yorkshire and The Humber East Riding of Yorkshire UA 1,251,395
Yorkshire and The Humber Kingston upon Hull, City of UA 205,595
Yorkshire and The Humber North East Lincolnshire UA 223,298
Yorkshire and The Humber North Lincolnshire UA 529,807
Yorkshire and The Humber York UA 256,632
Yorkshire and The Humber North Yorkshire 3,285,049
Yorkshire and The Humber Barnsley 412,485
Yorkshire and The Humber Doncaster 541,934
Yorkshire and The Humber Rotherham 410,314
Yorkshire and The Humber Sheffield 0
Yorkshire and The Humber Bradford 595,461
Yorkshire and The Humber Calderdale 385,751
Yorkshire and The Humber Kirklees 629,186
Yorkshire and The Humber Leeds 989,926
Yorkshire and The Humber Wakefield 507,378
East Midlands Derby UA 230,810
East Midlands Leicester UA 260,236
East Midlands Nottingham UA 242,057
East Midlands Rutland UA 213,766
East Midlands Derbyshire 2,035,992
East Midlands Leicestershire 1,560,176
East Midlands Lincolnshire 3,457,324
East Midlands Northamptonshire 1,630,762
East Midlands Nottinghamshire 1,635,629
West Midlands Herefordshire, County of UA 1,252,647
West Midlands Shropshire UA 1,858,807
West Midlands Stoke-on-Trent UA 271,391
West Midlands Telford and Wrekin UA 347,983
West Midlands Staffordshire 2,203,545
West Midlands Warwickshire 1,415,650
West Midlands Birmingham 0
West Midlands Coventry 276,480
West Midlands Dudley 331,366
West Midlands Sandwell 313,551
West Midlands Solihull 278,680
West Midlands Walsall 261,690
West Midlands Wolverhampton 241,180
West Midlands Worcestershire 1,627,557
East of England Bedford UA 305,589
East of England Central Bedfordshire UA 495,565
East of England Luton UA 130,996
East of England Peterborough UA 334,006
East of England Southend-on-Sea UA 142,545
East of England Thurrock UA 213,231
East of England Cambridgeshire 1,608,546
East of England Essex 2,602,886
East of England Hertfordshire 1,801,196
East of England Norfolk 3,448,743
East of England Suffolk 2,454,918
South East Bracknell Forest UA 174,074
South East Brighton and Hove UA 188,705
South East Isle of Wight UA 0
South East Medway UA 280,565
South East Milton Keynes UA 389,883
South East Portsmouth UA 154,934
South East Reading UA 134,681
South East Slough UA 91,408
South East Southampton UA 190,285
South East West Berkshire UA 467,317
South East Windsor and Maidenhead UA 240,894
South East Wokingham UA 282,055
South East Buckinghamshire 1,187,081
South East East Sussex 1,177,912
South East Hampshire 2,956,522
South East Kent 3,058,239
South East Oxfordshire 1,831,494
South East Surrey 1,878,063
South East West Sussex 1,594,870
South West Bath and North East Somerset UA 379,059
South West Bournemouth UA 157,232
South West Bristol, City of UA 357,387
South West Cornwall UA 2,572,746
South West North Somerset UA 383,954
South West Plymouth UA 228,539
South West Poole UA 173,296
South West South Gloucestershire UA 504,258
South West Swindon UA 270,224
South West Torbay UA 163,108
South West Wiltshire UA 1,811,343
South West Devon* 4,446,606
South West Dorset 1,490,177
South West Gloucestershire 1,998,120
South West Somerset 2,437,335

Other funding

Away from the emergency repairs, the government is also investing more than £900,000 in tech innovations to help councils manage and plan maintenance works more efficiently.

Blackpool Council has been given £100,000 to lead on a digital inspector scheme which will see high definition cameras mounted on vehicles to collect data on road and path conditions. This is then analysed to highlight where roads are deteriorating.

The City of York will also get £72,000 to use a similar system to spot potholes.

Elsewhere, Swindon Borough Council will trial the use of smartphone sensors to collate road conditions while Essex County Council will work with Daimler to use information collected by its cars.

Derby City Council and Oxfordshire County Council will be using connected vehicles to collect data on the condition of road signs.

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