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£5m boost for Cumbria in battle to tackle potholes

A cash injection of almost £5 million is coming to Cumbria in the battle against potholes.

Pothole repairs photo
The extra cash is enough to repair 91,000 potholes

The Government has now revealed how much money will be allocated to councils across the country in a bid to tackle the scourge which is blighting thousands of roads.

It has estimated that each pothole would cost £55 to repair, and so the money – totalling £4,851,027 – could repair about 91,000 holes.

Chancellor George Osborne revealed in his budget speech in March that the Government was releasing an additional £168m for road repairs.

The money was allocated after bids by each council, and it is out of this pot that Cumbria has been awarded the cash.

The grant must, however, only be used to “repair potholes or to ensure that they do not appear in the first place” and councils must publish monthly updates on how many repairs have been done.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

“But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this government’s long-term economic plan.”

The funding is on top of the £3,018,761 already earmarked for road maintenance in Cumbria by the Department for Transport, as a part of its £183.5m budget for road maintenance.

It brings the amount of additional funding given to the county in 2012/15 to £7,869,788.

Coun Keith Little, Cabinet member responsible for highways and transport, said: "Our highways team has brought home the bacon for Cumbria, with an innovative bid that puts us in the top pack of local authorities competing for this fund.

"An extra nearly £5m to spend on potholes and highways maintenance is going to help make a huge difference right across the county.

"People are going to see a lot more activity on the roads in the forthcoming months – with highways repairs teams out in force doing those jobs that perhaps have been niggling communities for some time now.

“We’ll be working with our local members and local communities to firm up the priorities for the work.”

Have your say

Bet the Government would love a big pot hole to open up north of the Watford Gap, In Scotland, under the European Parliament etc! It would save them a fortune!

Posted by Neil on 1 July 2014 at 21:09

lets hope that the council learn how to sort out the potholes because any they have repaired already re-appear after a few weeks also the new road surfaces only last a year before they start breaking up!!!!

Posted by albert on 26 June 2014 at 16:21

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