Another £1.3m for pothole repairs in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council's jet-patcher machine for filling potholes. 'Picture by Jane Coltman
Northumberland County Council's jet-patcher machine for filling potholes. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumberland is set to get the largest share in the North East as the Government unveils the allocations of its pothole fund for next year.

The North East will receive £3.9million specifically for pothole repairs for the financial year 2017/18, it was revealed in today’s road-funding document from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Northumberland is the region’s largest recipient of the fund and has been awarded £1,328,000 – which the DfT estimates is enough to repair 25,100 potholes across the county.

In addition to the pothole fund, Northumberland County Council has also been awarded a highways maintenance block allocation for 2017/18 of £15,507,000 – again the highest allocation in the North East.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Potholes may seem trivial, but they can cause great damage to vehicles, incurring high repair costs. I receive so many letters and emails about problem potholes locally.

“I am delighted this fund has been awarded to fix Northumberland’s potholes. I will be writing to the council to urge them to consider our rural potholes a priority – they have often been neglected in times of financial constraint, in favour of repairing roads in the urban south of the county. This new fund means the council can afford to focus on north Northumberland’s potholes.”

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We know how vital our road network is and are committed to doing all we can to maintain our roads in the best possible condition. As one of the largest rural counties, with more than 5,000km of highway to look after and reducing funding, the challenges of keeping roads in good repair are significant.

“The additional £1.3million of funding for 2017/18 is welcome and will be able to be added to the £17million of capital investment in highway maintenance that the council was already planning. This will allow us to extend our intensive programme of highway repairs, which covers all areas of our county – rural and urban – and mean real improvements for residents and visitors.”