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We welcome extra government money for pothole repairs

Published: 15 March 2023

News announced in today’s budget that the government intends to provide highways authorities with an extra £200 million to repair and maintain local roads has been warmly welcomed by us.

We expect to receive around £4.2 million in 2023/24 as part of our share of the new funding.

Just last week, we revealed we had fixed 22,000 potholes since the start of the year.

To help achieve this significant repair milestone, our highways team has mobilised extra road worker repair gangs across the county, extended working hours to include weekends and hired in Jetpatcher machines to help carry out repairs on rural roads more quickly.

Last week’s snow and cold weather makes keeping on top of pothole repairs very challenging, as the 'freeze thaw' conditions causes roads to crack with any loose material washed away by the rain.

Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal said:

“The government’s announcement of an extra £4.2 million to repair local roads across our county is very welcome.

“As we enter the final year of our major 3-year £120 million investment programme to improve the county’s road network, we have already delivered around £80 million of new highway projects.

“The additional government funding will enable us to expand our repair programme even further to deliver better roads for local residents.”