Pothole repairs to receive extra funding

March 24, 2014 | By | In News

The government has announced that it has earmarked £200 million in the next Budget to deal with damaged roads and repair potholes.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the extra funding as part of a drive to improve Britain’s crumbling roads after an extended period of neglect and ‘make-do’ maintenance.

A series of road transport schemes will also be given extra funding, including the Mersey Gateway Bridge, which will benefit from an additional £270 million, and the Greater Cambridge Local Enterprise Partnership's transport and infrastructure plans.

Mr Osborne also announced that he money would be set aside to contribute to improvements to the A1 north of Newcastle-on-Tyne, with the proviso that the Scottish government agrees to split the cost a feasibility study.

However, while the news that Britain’s transport infrastructure is to be given some TLC has been welcomed by motorists across the country, some analysts say more could be done.

“An extra £200 million – if indeed this is new money – for councils to apply for to repair our pothole-ridden roads is a step in the right direction,” says the RAC’s technical director, David Bizley.

“But in reality it is probably not enough to bring our roads back up to the standard that every motorist has the right to expect.

“We need whole stretches of road to be resurfaced regularly rather than just patching them when they start to fall apart, costing taxpayers more and more money every year.

“Simply filling potholes is a massive false economy which has now unfortunately become necessity. We really need to put an end to this by making sure roads are never allowed to degenerate to the point where potholes develop.”

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