Government doubles funding for pothole repairs

March 25th, 2011

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Councils have been told how they will benefit from the doubling of funding available for repairing potholes as announced in the Budget.

 Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has written to all English local highway authorities to inform them of their share of £200m.

 Last month the Department for Transport announced that it was making available £100m as an exceptional payment to help with much needed road repairs following the severe weather at the end of last year. This extra funding was made possible because of savings the Department made earlier in the financial year.

 However, further savings have now been identified and so more money has been made available for this vital programme.

 Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said:

 “Potholes are a menace to all road users and I want councils to make fixing them a priority.

 “That is why, when more funding became available, I agreed with the Chancellor that we would double the amount of money we are providing for repairs to be carried out.

 “This represents a significant investment in road maintenance at a time of severe fiscal restraint, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to maintain our infrastructure to support motorists and businesses.”

 The funding is in addition to the £831 million already provided to councils for road maintenance this year and the £3 billion the Government has committed over the next four years.

 All 153 local highway authorities in England, including those in London, will receive a share of the funding. To ensure the money can be distributed over the next few days, the funds will be automatically distributed to English local authorities according to the formula used to distribute road maintenance funding rather than councils needing to apply for it.

 To promote greater transparency and accountability, all local highway authorities have agreed to publish information on their website by 30 September 2011 showing where this extra money has been spent.

 The money will be allocated as follows;


ENGLAND*

£200,000,000


 

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN

 

NORTH EAST

9,437,675

NORTH WEST

23,831,581

YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER

20,900,209

EAST MIDLANDS

19,850,480

WEST MIDLANDS

21,701,906

EAST OF ENGLAND

25,868,081

LONDON

10,284,356

SOUTH EAST

33,922,706

SOUTH WEST

34,203,006


 

Individual North West Local Highway Authority

 

Blackburn with Darwen

324,160

Blackpool

297,490

Bolton

652,861

Bury

400,090

Calderdale

683,076

Cheshire East

2,048,626

Cheshire West and Chester

1,404,491

Cumbria

6,229,592

Halton

348,440

Knowsley

355,731

Lancashire

3,792,323

Liverpool

1,058,774

Manchester

873,702

Salford

608,644

Sefton

613,026

St. Helens

484,078

Stockport

505,238

Tameside

457,925

Trafford

472,835

Warrington

555,292

Wigan

623,330

Wirral

625,931

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