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Pothole funding breakdown announced

Councils have been told how they will benefit from the doubling of funding available for repairing potholes announced in Budget.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond has written to all English local highway authorities to inform them of their share of £200M.

The funding was doubled in the Budget after the Department for Transport (DfT) announced last month that it was making available £100M as an exceptional payment to help with much needed road repairs following the severe weather at the end of last year.

The funding is in addition to the £831M already provided to councils for road maintenance this year and the £3bn the Government has committed over the next four years.

All 153 local highway authorities in England, including those in London, will receive a share of the funding. To ensure the money can be distributed over the next few days, the funds will be automatically distributed to English local authorities according to the formula used to distribute road maintenance funding rather than councils needing to apply for it. This formula is based on both the road length and condition in a local authority.

According to a regional breakdown, the highest amount of funding is going to the south west of England, £34,203,006, followed by the south east - £33,922,706. The smallest amounts of funding are given to the north east (£9,437,675) and London (£10,284,356).

As part of the conditions of the additional funding, the DfT has requires local highway authorities to publish a brief note on their website by 30 September 2011 showing how this extra funding has been spent.

Hammond said: “Potholes are a menace to all road users and I want councils to make fixing them a priority.

“That is why, when more funding became available, I agreed with the Chancellor that we would double the amount of money we are providing for repairs to be carried out.

“This represents a significant investment in road maintenance at a time of severe fiscal restraint, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to maintain our infrastructure to support motorists and businesses.”

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