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Leeds faces huge backlog of pothole repairs

Leeds has one of the biggest backlogs for pothole repairs in the country. Nearly £100 million needs to be spent to fix the problem, according to figures revealed by a freedom of information request.

A Government announcement that local councils in England are to get a near £6 billion fund to fight potholes over the next six years is not enough to tackle the problem, ministers have been warned.

The Government said before Christmas that the funding will help English local authorities tackle potholes and improve local roads between 2015 and 2021.

A succession of severe winters and the devastating floods earlier this year have left councils playing catch-up with road maintenance.

Government makes pothole repair fund available

The Government has released extra funding to fix more than three million potholes.

£168 million available for pothole repair Credit: Press Association

Councils are being invited to bid for a share of a £168 million Pothole Fund to repair roads, making them safer and smoother for motorists, cyclists and other road users.

Successful local authorities will sign a Pothole Pledge as a condition of the funding, setting out the number of potholes they will have repaired by March 2015.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Part of this government’s long term plan is investing in our roads.

"Potholes are a menace for all road users which is why this extra funding is provided in addition to the £10 billion already committed for councils for road maintenance.

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.”

The £168 million fund, announced in the Chancellor’s March Budget statement, is enough to fix more than three million potholes.

It is in addition to the £10 billion for local roads maintenance that the Department for Transport is already providing to councils in England between 2010 and 2021.

This week one of the Tour de France's leading cyclists criticised roads in Yorkshire, saying they were not safe for the Grand Départ this summer.

Click here to hear Marcel Kittel speak about the roads.


Yorkshire named and shamed in pothole study

This picture of potholes in Sheffield by Zoe Meredith Credit: Zoe Meredith

Roads in Yorkshire are among the worst in the country when it comes to potholes. According to data the B6273 South Moor Road in Barnsley and King Lane in Leeds have been identified as the worst in the country.

The number of people putting in claims for compensation for pothole related damage has risen by 79 per cent in the last year.


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We should be 'proactive, not reactive' with potholes

Tony Ball, chairman of Transport for the Local Government Association said too much of the budget for resurfacing roads is spent on filling in holes, and not enough on resurfacing.

Speaking to Daybreak he said, nationally there is a £3 billion budget to fix potholes, but that too much of the money is spent on "reactive, as opposed to proactive."

Mr Ball added that local councils need more upfront funding to fix the solution.

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Motorists: 'It's about time the councils did something'

A report has found that £10.5 billion is needed to fix the potholes in England and Wales.

Motorists told Daybreak that councils should fix the roads because they are "all over."

One woman said: "I think it's disgusting and I think it's really damaging my car. It's about time the council did something with all the road tax, council tax and all the rest that we pay them."

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