£147m to tackle potholes and improve roads

Councils have been given cash to repair potholes
Councils have been given cash to repair potholes
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COUNCILS are to share millions of pounds of funding to tackle potholes and improve local roads.

Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth City Council have been awarded £140,014,000 and £7,466,000 respectively in the next five years.

It comes after flooding in several areas last year led to more roads needing repairs.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends.

‘It is vital we have good quality roads. This government has already taken strong action by spending £1 billion more on local roads maintenance than was spent in the previous parliament.

Councils with larger highway networks receive more of the funding, but it is estimated the sum will help plug 18m potholes nationwide.

More than £4.7 bn will be shared between 115 councils, while a further £575m will be available through a new fund to help repair and maintain local highway infrastructure such as junctions, bridges and street lighting.

On top of that it has also been announced that £578m has been set aside for an incentive fund scheme which will start in 2016 to reward councils who demonstrate they are delivering value for money in carrying out cost effective improvements.