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Cash boost for road repairs this winter across East of England

Cash boost for road repairs across the east. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A cash boost of £54.7 million has been announced for road repairs across the East of England this winter.

The Roads Minister made the announcement which brings the total spend on the region's roads to £181 million this year.

Earlier this month the Department for Transport announced £420 million in the Budget would be spent on roads.

The £54.7 million will go towards things like pothole repairs.

“Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time. That is why the Government is investing more in improving our roads than at any time before - £15 billion between 2015 and 2020 and a further £28.8 billion to 2025. Plus an immediate extra £420 million for potholes and local road maintenance just this year. The East will be getting an extra £54 million this winter to keep its roads in good condition to keep drivers and cyclists safe.”

– Jesse Norman, Roads Minister

Next year, the East will get more than £128 million from the Local Highways Maintenance and Integrated Transport Block funds, which will go towards repairing roads and investing in small safety, bus priority or walking and cycling schemes.

Since 2015, roads in the East have benefited from more than £446 million for highways maintenance, including the A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon and the recently opened Ely Southern Bypass as well as improvements to the A414 near Harlow.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough also received a £21 million boost from the Budget, bringing its Transforming Cities Fund total to £95 million. This fund is designed to improve public transport links to jobs.

And Norwich has been shortlisted for the Transforming Cities Fund. It is developing a business plan in a bid for a share of £860 million to make it easier, safer and quicker for people to travel and get to work by funding improved transport connections.

This is how the £54.7 million breaks down across the east:

  • Cambridgeshire - £6,653,000
  • Peterborough - 1,535,000
  • Luton - 606,000
  • Southend - 617,000
  • Thurrock - 8884,000
  • Bedford - 1,324,000
  • Central Beds - 1,976,000
  • Essex - 10,894,000
  • Herts - 7,892,000
  • Norfolk - 12,694,000
  • Suffolk - 9,670,000