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LGA: £1 billion could be spent fixing potholes on roads

Up to an extra £1 billion a year could be spent on fixing potholes and other road maintenance if the Government invested two pence per litre of existing fuel duty, the body that represents councils has suggested.

A car drives over a pothole on a road. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Local Government Association (LGA) said investing fuel duty back into road maintenance would allow councils to bring the country's crumbling highways up to scratch within a decade.

The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, said that although the Government recently responded to calls for extra funding, it was "simply not enough", with local authorities only being able to "patch up" problems rather than carry out longer-term preventative work.

Transport Secretary: 'Potholes are the bane of our lives'

Among councils to get an extra slice of money set aside to mend potholes is Northamptonshire, which will get £3.3 million after it set up systems to track pothole repairs in real time, allowing it to deploy teams and co-ordinate work more effectively.

Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this government's long term economic plan.

By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this country.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Hampshire, where new pothole-fixing equipment can be converted to salt icy roads in winter, gets around £6 million, while Lancashire will receive £4.9 million.

Some £10 million is also earmarked for London, the Department for Transport said. The money must be used to repair potholes or ensure that they do not appear in the first place. Councils will also have to publish updates on works every three months, and all work has to be completed by March 2015.

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