A total of 32 local authorities have been awarded a share of investment worth £93.4 million to repair bridges and roads, ensuring they are fit for the 21st century.
The government’s Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, announced that these 32 local authorities will receive the funding to undertake “essential” repair works, which will level up infrastructure, cut road congestion and improve road conditions so that journeys are easier.
Already, projects have been earmarked to receive this funding, with a £4 million development in Durham which will deliver repairs to the New Elvet Bridge.
It continues the drive from the Department for Transport (DfT) to invest in transport tech in order to cut congestion, with the Govetech Catalyst providing SMEs and local authorities with finance to solve local road issues through the use of tech.
The government is also boosting innovators in the UK through an investment of almost £1 million that will fund research projects aimed at creating a better transport system; this would include world-leading innovations to spot and repair potholes.
Baroness Vere commented: “There is nothing more frustrating than a journey delayed by poor road conditions, and this multi-million pound boost will help improve connectivity across the country.
“This investment will not only help local areas to target current pinch points on their roads, but will also harness our world-leading research and innovation capabilities to future proof the next generation of journeys.”
Other projects to receive funding will result in the development of a new AI-powered app to detect potholes in real-time, using mobile phone sensors to measure when cyclists ride over or swerve to avoid them.
The hope is that this app will assist local authorities in identifying where potholes are forming and therefore take quicker action to fill them.
It forms the latest step of the government’s transport revolution, and is part of more than £6.6 billion awarded between 2015 and 2021 to improve local highway networks.