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23rd December 2014

6bn pothole funding announced by the Government

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, today announced a £6bn fund to help tackle potholes and improve local roads £6bn, which is a record amount, will be spent on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021.

This investment amounts to £976m a year, which is enough to fix around 18 million potholes across the country.

This is the first time councils have been given locked-in funding over this length of time, which will help them plan ahead and save money for the taxpayer.

Patrick McLoughlin said, ‘Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends.

‘It is vital we have good quality roads. This government has already taken strong action by spending £1bn more on local roads maintenance than was spent in the previous parliament.

‘The £6bn funding I am announcing today will put an end to short term fixes and will mean we have committed £10bn between 2010 and 2021.

‘This huge investment is part of our long term economic plan to ensure we have a transport network fit for the 21st century.’

The Department for Transport allocates funding to local authorities based on local need, so councils with larger highway networks receive more of the funding.

Over £4.7bn will be shared between 115 councils, while a further £575m will be available through a new challenge fund to help repair and maintain local highway infrastructure such as junctions, bridges and street lighting.

Details of funding allocations are available as an interactive map from the DFT here.

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