The Government’s Pothole Fund which previously provided £500 million a year to councils across the Country is being increased to £700 million to deal with the “curse of potholes”.
The extra £200 million will see Lancashire County Council, who have responsibility for road repairs receive an extra £15 million to deal with major hotspots across the County.
Burnley and Padiham’s MP Antony Higginbotham, who has been working with LCC to fix the most dangerous roads has welcomed the news. Commenting he said:
Road maintenance is a big local priority. I’ve spoken about it in Parliament and regularly receive emails from residents letting me know about roads that are in need of repair.
And although it’s a responsibility of Lancashire County Council I’ve always been happy to add my voice to the calls for our road network to be kept safe.
Whether that’s filling potholes or complete resurfacing, the announcement that Lancashire is to receive an extra £5.1 million of funding for road maintenance is really welcome news, which will enable the Council to go further and faster than ever before. I’ll keep working with LCC to identify roads where this extra money should be spent.
This funding will help to lower vehicle-maintenance costs for workers, families, and businesses, and will safeguard the country’s road network for the future. The cost of bringing pothole-plagued local roads in England and Wales up to scratch has been estimated at £12.6 billion.