Pot of cash for potholes

Monday, April 1, 2019

Councils in England will be given a share of more than £200 million for road maintenance and pothole repairs.


Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the allocation of an extra £50 million for councils for potholes and flood resilience as well as £151 million to reward examples of councils’ best practice.


These funds come from the £6.6 billion the government is providing in the six years to 2021 to improve local roads.


As part of the government’s work to prevent potholes in the future, the Department for Transport will fund early stage research into new surface materials or pothole repair techniques, such as 3D printing. A digital hub will also be set up for experts to share and develop innovations.


Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Every motorist knows that potholes have been a problem in the last few years. That is why the government is continuing to step up its funding to local authorities to address this.


“It is now up to highways authorities to innovate and use new technologies to solve the problem.”


Today’s investment is on top of the £725 million local authorities will receive in 2019/20, based on the infrastructure they maintain, including length of roads, number of bridges and streetlights.


The Department for Transport says it will also announce a review of road condition surveying data and technology. This call for evidence will seek views on the current methodology used to monitor road condition as well as how councils and the wider sector can harness new forms of technology and data to improve our local roads and infrastructure.



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