Northumberland’s £2.7m pothole windfall

Potholes in the main road through Hadston.
Potholes in the main road through Hadston.

Northumberland has today received more than £2.7million for pothole repairs from the Government, far more than anywhere else in the North East.

Councils across England have learned how much they will receive from the £183.5million that the Government has made available to help repair local roads damaged by severe weather.

This is an emergency payment to help with road repairs following the wettest winter on record and will pay for the repair of 3.3million potholes nationwide.

The North East as a whole was awarded £6,298,272, with more than a third – £2,736,241 – allocated to Northumberland. The next highest was the £1,241,952 given to Durham, another local authority with many rural roads.

On top of the money being shared out to councils today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in yesterday’s Budget that another £200million will be provided for pothole repairs in the financial year 2014/15. Further guidance will be made available in the coming weeks on how councils can bid for a share of this funding.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse.

“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across England who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

The extra money is being distributed now to ensure that repairs can be started as soon as possible, so that the majority of the damage to be fixed ahead of the summer holidays.

All local highway authorities will be required to publish information on their websites showing how and where the money will be spent.