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Thursday
Mar102011

Government to pledge £100 million for pothole aid

The Department for Transport (DfT) has moved to pledge £100 million to local authorities in a bid to tackle the nation’s growing pothole problem.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond revealed the funding will be distributed in addition to the £831 million already divvied out to councils for road maintenance in 2011.

Mr Hammond said: “Millions of motorists across the country have their daily drives ruined by potholes. And the awful winter weather we had this year is only going to make that problem worse.

“That is why, despite the tough financial position we are in, we are going to give councils over £100 million extra to help carry out much needed repairs to England’s roads.”

Despite fresh funding, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) believes it will cost the Government a total of £8.3 billion to restore every single road. Potholes have the potential to cause major damage to vehicles even at low speeds.

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