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:

AreaNamePothole/flood resilience funding allocation (£)
North EastNorth East CA4,533,373
North WestGreater Manchester CA2,882,002
North WestLiverpool City Region CA1,860,126
Yorkshire and The HumberSheffield City Region CA1,364,732
Yorkshire and The HumberWest Yorkshire CA3,107,703
West MidlandsWest Midlands ITA1,702,946
North EastCounty Durham UA1,296,639
North EastDarlington UA185,229
North EastHartlepool UA136,775
North EastMiddlesbrough UA147,147
North EastNorthumberland UA1,849,720
North EastRedcar and Cleveland UA246,208
North EastStockton-on-Tees UA270,003
North EastGateshead279,456
North EastNewcastle upon Tyne296,781
North EastNorth Tyneside265,372
North EastSouth Tyneside183,836
North EastSunderland361,570
North WestBlackburn with Darwen UA178,365
North WestBlackpool UA146,983
North WestCheshire East UA1,081,305
North WestCheshire West and Chester UA892,090
North WestHalton UA212,684
North WestWarrington UA325,886
North WestCumbria2,859,217
North WestBolton318,470
North WestBury200,241
North WestManchester438,956
North WestOldham269,365
North WestRochdale247,494
North WestSalford268,154
North WestStockport297,212
North WestTameside228,036
North WestTrafford244,119
North WestWigan369,956
North WestLancashire2,393,218
North WestKnowsley215,689
North WestLiverpool481,702
North WestSefton311,440
North WestSt. Helens259,687
North WestWirral378,923
Yorkshire and The HumberEast Riding of Yorkshire UA1,251,395
Yorkshire and The HumberKingston upon Hull, City of UA205,595
Yorkshire and The HumberNorth East Lincolnshire UA223,298
Yorkshire and The HumberNorth Lincolnshire UA529,807
Yorkshire and The HumberYork UA256,632
Yorkshire and The HumberNorth Yorkshire3,285,049
Yorkshire and The HumberBarnsley412,485
Yorkshire and The HumberDoncaster541,934
Yorkshire and The HumberRotherham410,314
Yorkshire and The HumberSheffield0
Yorkshire and The HumberBradford595,461
Yorkshire and The HumberCalderdale385,751
Yorkshire and The HumberKirklees629,186
Yorkshire and The HumberLeeds989,926
Yorkshire and The HumberWakefield507,378
East MidlandsDerby UA230,810
East MidlandsLeicester UA260,236
East MidlandsNottingham UA242,057
East MidlandsRutland UA213,766
East MidlandsDerbyshire2,035,992
East MidlandsLeicestershire1,560,176
East MidlandsLincolnshire3,457,324
East MidlandsNorthamptonshire1,630,762
East MidlandsNottinghamshire1,635,629
West MidlandsHerefordshire, County of UA1,252,647
West MidlandsShropshire UA1,858,807
West MidlandsStoke-on-Trent UA271,391
West MidlandsTelford and Wrekin UA347,983
West MidlandsStaffordshire2,203,545
West MidlandsWarwickshire1,415,650
West MidlandsBirmingham0
West MidlandsCoventry276,480
West MidlandsDudley331,366
West MidlandsSandwell313,551
West MidlandsSolihull278,680
West MidlandsWalsall261,690
West MidlandsWolverhampton241,180
West MidlandsWorcestershire1,627,557
East of EnglandBedford UA305,589
East of EnglandCentral Bedfordshire UA495,565
East of EnglandLuton UA130,996
East of EnglandPeterborough UA334,006
East of EnglandSouthend-on-Sea UA142,545
East of EnglandThurrock UA213,231
East of EnglandCambridgeshire1,608,546
East of EnglandEssex2,602,886
East of EnglandHertfordshire1,801,196
East of EnglandNorfolk3,448,743
East of EnglandSuffolk2,454,918
South EastBracknell Forest UA174,074
South EastBrighton and Hove UA188,705
South EastIsle of Wight UA0
South EastMedway UA280,565
South EastMilton Keynes UA389,883
South EastPortsmouth UA154,934
South EastReading UA134,681
South EastSlough UA91,408
South EastSouthampton UA190,285
South EastWest Berkshire UA467,317
South EastWindsor and Maidenhead UA240,894
South EastWokingham UA282,055
South EastBuckinghamshire1,187,081
South EastEast Sussex1,177,912
South EastHampshire2,956,522
South EastKent3,058,239
South EastOxfordshire1,831,494
South EastSurrey1,878,063
South EastWest Sussex1,594,870
South WestBath and North East Somerset UA379,059
South WestBournemouth UA157,232
South WestBristol, City of UA357,387
South WestCornwall UA2,572,746
South WestNorth Somerset UA383,954
South WestPlymouth UA228,539
South WestPoole UA173,296
South WestSouth Gloucestershire UA504,258
South WestSwindon UA270,224
South WestTorbay UA163,108
South WestWiltshire UA1,811,343
South WestDevon*4,446,606
South WestDorset1,490,177
South WestGloucestershire1,998,120
South WestSomerset2,437,335

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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