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Government announces £168m pothole filling fund

Potholes can cost motorists hundreds of pounds in car repairs and damages Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The government has announced plans to help fill more than three million potholes.

It is part of an investment into local and major roads. Councils across England have been allocated £168 million of funding for pothole repairs.

Local authorities will have to publish monthly progress reports on how many potholes are being repaired.

Figures released in April from the 19th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey suggested it would cost £167 million to fill the backlog of potholes just across the Midlands.

£167million to fix potholes across the Midlands

It is thought that it will cost £167million to fill potholes across the Midlands Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Figures released from a report out today from the 19th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey suggest the complete cost to fill the backlog of potholes across the Midlands will reach £167million.

The cost across the East Midlands is much higher at £117million compared to the West Midlands at £50million.

Almost 10,000 potholes were filled across the West Midlands last year with more than 17,000 filled in the East. This is compared to a national average of 15,195.

The high numbers of potholes we have seen is partly down to the amount of rainfall we saw this winter.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance's Chairman, Alan Mackenzie is urging the Government to invest in more preventative measures to help save costs.

The Government has recently made significant additional funds available to help combat the results of relentless rainfall this winter but money spent on repairing damage never goes as far as money invested in planned, preventative maintenance.

It costs at least 20 times more per square metre to fill a pothole than it does to resurface a road.

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Road workers put in extra hours to fix Derbyshire's potholes

Road workers are having to work extra hours to deal with the potholes Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Road workers at Derbyshire County Council are working extra hours to help fix the backlog of potholes caused by very bad weather in the past few weeks.

Over the past five weeks, the county council’s call centre received an average of 780 road-related calls a week in addition to potholes reported online.

Man left '£250 out of pocket' through pothole damage

Stoke City Council say they are not liable and that they have teams who inspect roads every day for damage

A man from Stoke-on-Trent has been left more than £250 out of pocket because of pothole damage to his car.

Gerry McNeish applied to the council for compensation but was told he would not get any because the pothole was not visible when the road was inspected 6 months earlier.

Stoke City Council say they are not liable and that they have teams who inspect roads every day for damage.

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