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Brighton council secures funds to tackle potholes

Potholes

Brighton and Hove City Council has received £550,000 of government funding to tackle potholes.

The council has been awarded £440,000 for demonstrating good practice in its fixing of potholes under the government’s Highways Maintenance Incentive Fund, in addition to being allocated £108,485 of funding under its Pothole Action Fund.

The Highways Maintenance Incentive Fund scheme began in 2014 and is meant to reward councils for carrying out cost-effective improvements to their roads and keeping them in good condition.

Brighton and Hove City Council will spend the £440,000 it received under the scheme on paying for further roadworks, such as filling potholes and improving road surfaces

Earlier this month, the Department for Transport committed £201M to road maintenance and pot hole repairs. The funding will come from £6.6bn the government is providing in the six years to 2021 to improve local roads.

Last month, transport secretary Chris Grayling also argued that utilities companies should be held to account for pot holes on their sites.

Companies will be forced to repair road surfaces for up to five years if potholes develop on the site of roadworks, under the proposals tabled by Grayling. Utility firms’ roadworks are currently only guaranteed for two years.

Experts have previously warned that poor quality roads with potholes could hold back the progress of autonomous vehicle development.

But in January it was revealed that the number of potholes on local roads in the UK has fallen by 27% since 2016.

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