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HAMPSHIRE County Council has welcomed a possible £2.5m extra from the government to repair potholes.

Transport Minister Phil Hammond has announced more than £100m extra funding across the country to repair damage to roads caused by the freezing conditions of last winter.

Hampshire’s transport boss Cllr Mel Kendal said: ‘The overall amount announced is similar to the amount given after last year’s severe winter, when we received £2.5m.

‘The money meant we could expand our Operation Restore programme to tackle the potholes caused by the snow and ice last winter.

‘Good roads are essential for Hampshire’s economy and infrastructure.’

Cllr Kendal said roads maintenance was ‘a priority for residents’.

So he said funding had been fully protected in the county council’s budget, despite it making millions of pounds in cuts.

The council’s highways budget includes £16m for the structural maintenance of roads, such as resurfacing.