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Region gets over £6 million to tackle potholes

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The North East and North Yorkshire will receive over £6.2 million from the Government to tackle potholes in the years 2017 to 2018.

Local highway authorities have been given designated funding from the Department for Transport to tackle over 120,000 potholes in the region. Over £3.9 million has been allocated to the North East and over £2.3 million to North Yorkshire.

Local Highway Authority Pothole Fund allocation 2017/18:

County Durham - £931,000 to tackle 17,600 potholes

Darlington - £133,000 to tackle 2,500 potholes

Hartlepool - £98,000 to tackle 1,900 potholes

Middlesbrough - £106,000 to tackle 2,000 potholes

Northumberland - £1,328,000 to tackle 25,100 potholes

Redcar and Cleveland - £177,000 to tackle 3,300 potholes

Stockton-on-Tees - £194,000 to tackle 3,700 potholes

Gateshead - £201,000 to tackle 3,800 potholes

Newcastle upon Tyne - £213,000 to tackle 4,000 potholes

North Tyneside - £191,000 to tackle 3,600 potholes

South Tyneside - £132,000 to tackle 2,500 potholes

Sunderland - £260,000 to tackle 4,900

North Yorkshire - £2,358,000 to tackle 44,500

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, has welcomed the announcement and said she hopes rural roads will be prioritised. Northumberland is the biggest recipient of the fund in the north east.

Mrs Trevelyan said:

Potholes may seem trivial but they can cause great damage to vehicles, incurring high repair costs. I receive so many letters and emails about problem potholes locally. I am delighted this fund has been awarded to fix Northumberland’s potholes.

I will be writing to the Council to urge them to consider our rural potholes a priority – they have often been neglected in times of financial constraint, in favour of repairing roads in the urban south of the county. This new fund means the Council can afford to focus on north Northumberland’s potholes.”

– Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP