New £50 million pothole fund announced
Local councils struggling to deal with the country’s estimated 943,000 potholes will now be able to access £50 million in new government funding.
Part of a £250 million ‘Pothole Action Fund’ announced by Chancellor George Osborne in this year’s budget, the fund will provide local councils with the money to fix more than four million potholes until 2021. Allocation of the money will be calculated by the number of roads in a council’s jurisdiction.
With potholes causing as many as one in ten mechanical failures on Britain’s roads every year and motorcyclists being more vulnerable to injuries in accidents caused by potholes than many other road users, this can only be good news for bikers.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the country. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils £250 million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.”
To find out how the money could be spent in your area, go to the gov.uk website here.