East Riding Council has received a financial boost to repair thousands of potholes on the county’s roads.
The Department for Transport has announced that the council has been allocated £690,000 from the government’s Pothole Action Fund in 2016/2017. The government calculates that this funding will be enough to fix 13,091 potholes on roads in the East Riding.
Councillor Andy Burton, the council’s portfolio holder for planning, highways and transportation, said: “This is excellent news, and comes on top of the recent announcement that the council secured £16.7m from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership for additional maintenance on ‘A’ roads in the area.
“This extra funding for highway maintenance reflects the hard work undertaken by this council and reflects our commitment to provide a safe and efficient local road network for drivers.
“We will use the funding to permanently fix potholes in our area, and on works to prevent potholes from forming in the first place.”
The government’s 2015 Spending Review included an announcement that £250million was being set aside for a dedicated Pothole Action Fund over the five years between 2016/17 and 2020/21. £50m will be distributed each year and the March 2016 budget set out how this funding would be allocated on a regional basis.
Funding allocations are calculated according to the size of the local road network in each local authority area.