A BOOST of £140m paid into a national fund to fix potholes and damage to the roads has been welcomed by Hampshire County Council.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the increase to the government fund this week.
Executive member for transport Cllr Seán Woodward welcomed the acknowledgement that more money is needed to help repair roads damaged by floods this winter.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘We don’t yet know what Hampshire’s share of the £140m national funding is, but our estimate is that, to fix the extensive winter damage on Hampshire’s roads would cost between £25m and £36m.
‘We have 5,280 miles of road in Hampshire to take care of – many of which have suffered prolonged flooding while all of Hampshire has experienced heavy rainfall.
‘Excessive water seeping into the road surface, followed by freezing overnight causes it to break up from underneath, causing damage, and creating defects and potholes which are costly to repair.’
Cllr Woodward said the council has been working ‘around the clock’ to keep roads open and that it will be doing further work to assess damage to bridge structures.