Extra £201 million for road repair fund
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP has announced that councils in England will be given an extra £201 million for road repairs and maintenance.
Of this money, £50 million will be allocated to councils for flood resilience efforts and pothole repair while £151 million will be dedicated to rewarding examples of best practice by councils.
A statement by the Department for Transport confirmed that: “These funds come from the £6.6 billion the government is providing in the six years to 2021 to improve local roads” and this they are “on top of the £725 million local authorities will receive in 2019/20 based on the infrastructure they maintain, including length of roads, number of bridges and street lights.”
Mr Grayling said: “Every motorist knows that potholes have been a problem in the last few years. That is why the government is continuing to step up its funding to local authorities to address this. It is now up to highways authorities to innovate and use new technologies to solve the problem.”
The BMF has covered the state of the country’s roads and attempts to improve them extensively, and they are recurring matter of concern for other campaigning groups, the nation’s road users and the entire transport industry. A recent report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance found major differences between the highways maintenance budgets of local authorities that amount to a postcode lottery, while Kwik Fit found that 11 million road users were affected by potholes last year at a total cover of £1.2 billion.
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