Councils urged to get pothole funding

JonathanApril 28, 2014

There are few things that annoy road users more than potholes; not only are they uncomfortable to drive over but they can cause damage to your car – leaving you with a hefty bill. The government is now urging councils to address the issue and apply for funding.

It has allocated a further £168 million to the Pothole Fund in a bid to fix more than three million potholes in the UK. By reducing the amount of craters in the road, local councils will be apply to make the surfaces more enjoyable and safer for local residents.

Local authorities that are successful with their application will have to sign a Pothole Pledge in order to receive the extra funding, which means that they must repair a certain number of the eyesores by March 2015.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said this is part of the government's long-term plan to improve the condition of roads up and down the UK.

He said that potholes are "a menace for all road users", which is why the extra funding has been allocated to this area, on top of the £10 billion that local councils already get for road maintenance. 

"I want councils to rise to the challenge and to reward councils who come up with new and better ways of making repairs quickly and effectively," added Mr McLoughlin.

The £168 million Pothole Fund was announced in the chancellor's March Budget statement and should be enough to fix more than three million craters. Local councils will be able to submit applications to the Department of Transport until 4pm on Thursday May 22nd. 

They are invited to share any record of best practice or ideas for innovative solutions as these will be recognised in the bidding process, and could even result in increased funding.

"With this new pothole fund councils will need to clearly set out the scale of the work they are doing, and local communities can have certainty that the money is being spent fixing potholes on their local roads," said Mr McLoughlin.


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