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Funding detailed for pothole repairs

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Government has revealed how the £250M Pothole Action Fund will be used to improve roads across the country.

The funding, announced in last month’s Budget, aims to fix over 4M potholes by 2020/21.

More than 100 councils in England will receive a £50M portion of the fund to help remove almost 1M potholes from local roads over the next 12 months. Over the next five years, government plans to give local authorities £50M a year to tackle more than 4M potholes. The funding is allocated according to the size of the local road network in the area.

In total, government is spending £6bn on local highways maintenance between 2015/16 and 2020/21, giving councils the ability to plan future work with the aim of preventing potholes and improving local roads, bridges and street lighting.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the country. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the Government is giving councils £250M specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.

“This is just one part of our unprecedented investment in local road maintenance over the next five years. We are giving a record £6bn to local authorities in England that will improve journeys across the regions.”



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