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£201 million road repair fund announced by government
£201 million road repair fund announced by government

£201 million road repair fund announced by government

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed a £201 million road repair fund will be allocated to local authorities throughout England.

In a further addition to the multi-billion pound commitment to improving local roads in the six years to 2021, Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, has announced a further road repair fund.

Of the £201 million allocated, £50 million will be allocated to councils for potholes and flood resilience; the other £151 million will reward councils who highlight best practice through project examples.

Potholes have been a long term blight on roads in the UK; the government has committed a wide range of funding to counter this problem, which can be costly for businesses and other road users.

The Chancellor committed an extra £420 million in the Autumn Budget, and the new road repair fund is in addition to £725 million that local authorities will receive in 2019/20 for infrastructure they maintain, such as length of roads, number of street lights and bridges.

The government want to prevent potholes appearing in the future; to make a proactive rather than reactive step to solve this problem, the DfT is going to fund early stage research into new surface materials or pothole repair techniques.

Experts will be able to share and develop innovations through a digital repair hub.

Upon the announcement of the new funding, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the latest funding gives authorities the opportunity to solve the problems associated with potholes.

He 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.”

This year alone, the government has provided £23 million in funding for trials of new technologies that will develop pothole-free roads.

Commitment to eradicating this problem will continue.

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