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Road repair fund ‘not enough’

Road repair firms have welcomed the announcement by transport secretary Philip Hammond of a £100M fund to repair potholes up and down the country but warn the sum is nowhere near enough.

Hammond announced the fund on 23 February, with local authorities needing to apply to be considered for a share. 

Responding to the news, member firms of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (North East) have said that the previous payout, made last year, for this purpose was oversubscribed, and authorities received a contribution pro rata to their size, not on the number or size of the problem in their areas.

CECA (NE) director Douglas Kell said: “While the news is excellent, there is a gap in the figure almost as big as the potholes themselves. The £100M equates to less than £100,000 for each local authority, in fact. That’s only enough to patch some of the holes and insufficient to undertake a full lasting repair.”

“So I would say only: ‘Come on, Secretary of State, add at least another zero onto the money to be made available’. This will help to make meaningful repairs,” Kell added.

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