Hampshire awarded £6m to fix potholes

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MORE than £6m has been awarded to fix pothole-ridden roads across the county.

The government has awarded the cash to Hampshire County Council the help fix the worst of the damage to our roads.

This latest batch of funding comes on top of £11.5m awarded earlier this year as part of the Pothole Repair Fund.

The decision has been welcomed by the council following damage caused during severe weather earlier this year.

Councillor Seán Woodward is in charge of economy, transport and environment at the county council. He said: ‘I am pleased to see that not only has the government recognised the extent of the damage to Hampshire’s roads but also that it is reassured that the county council can spend this money wisely.’

‘Keeping Hampshire moving is a priority for us. Good infrastructure is critical to Hampshire’s economic prospects and good roads impact enormously on the day to day life of all who live and work here.

‘We already have extra gangs and extra machinery out on the network.’

Hampshire was one of 148 councils which bid for a share of an £168m funding pot.

It hopes to extend the life of the road and manage the condition of the county’s 5,280 mile network.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

‘But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this government’s long term economic plan.

‘By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this county.’