Government pledges more funding to repair potholes


Lincolnshire is to get an extra £3.3 million in Government investment to repair the county’s pothole-ridden roads.

With more than £11.7 million pledged to councils in the East Midlands, Lincolnshire is getting the biggest share - with the next highest figure of £2.9 million going to Derby, while Nottingham receives £232,906.

The additional funding will help to pay for repairs to roads damaged by severe wet weather conditions.

Lincolnshire County Council’s portfolio holder for highways, Coun Richard Davies, said they were ‘delighted’ with the investment.

“Lincolnshire faces particular challenges for highways maintenance because of its size and rurality, so any additional funding is always welcome,” Coun Davies said.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use, and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.”

He added: “Getting the best out our roads will also help boost the county economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”

To promote greater transparency and accountability, all local highway authorities will be required to publish information on their website by end August, 2014, showing where the money has been spent.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse.

“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across the East Midlands who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.