Budget 2018: Chancellor commits £420m to fix potholes
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced this year’s UK budget on Monday, dedicating £420m to fixing potholes.
The extra funding was made immediately available to local councils so that they can address potholes and minor road works.
The Chancellor also allocated £25.5bn in funding to Highways England to upgrade the major roads network.
The AA has recently requested public funding worth £1bn to pay for road repairs, as craters in the tarmac are proving costly for motorists. The association dubbed the pothole issue a “national disgrace” earlier in the year as reported by the BMF.
BMF Chairman Jim Freeman said: “The BMF welcomes the news that £420m extra will be immediately available to address the pothole crisis. The pothole epidemic costs motorists money and for our members it is a major safety problem, as any rider will know who – like myself – has had an accident as a result.
“We also welcome the news that the £25.5bn for major road upgrades scheduled for 2020-25, funded by VED, is to be ‘ring-fenced’. This is an example of riders and drivers actually getting something back, rather than just contributing to general taxation funding.”
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