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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
£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.

Watch: Driver takes us on tour of potholes near his home

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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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Pothole repairs are 'nonsensical and costly'

Constantly mending damaged roads, rather than dealing with potholes in a "planned and cost-effective way" is "nonsensical and costly to the country", AIA chairman Alan Mackenzie said.

The Department for Transport's potholes review was a welcome initiative and concluded that 'prevention is better than cure'.

When you add up all the costs incurred by not following this advice, it's hard to understand why central Government cannot find a way to invest in this much-needed work and save on higher costs in the future.

– Alan Mackenzie, Asphalt Industry Alliance chairman
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