• Funding to fix equivalent of 10 million potholes

  • The equivalent of 10 million potholes could be filled in by Councils across England with their allocated share of £500 million for highways maintenance.

    It is the second of 5 equal instalments from the £2.5 billion Potholes Fund.

    Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: “We know potholes are more than just a nuisance – they can be dangerous to drivers and cyclists alike, and cause damage to thousands of vehicles every year.

    “The funding allocated will help councils ensure roads in their area are kept up to standard, and that the potholes that blight road users can be dealt with promptly.”

    However, County Councils Network (CCN) point out that this year’s funding is less than expected, with a fall of £398m compared to last year.

    Cllr Barry Lewis, Economic Growth Spokesperson for CCN said: “The government’s commitment to increase funding for potholes and local road maintenance by £500m each and every year of this parliament was warmly welcomed by councils and MPs alike – who say the scourge of potholes are amongst their most frequent complaints in their mailboxes.

    “However, the government has given with one hand and taken with the other, as the overall funding pot for roads maintenance will fall £398m compared to last year. Our councils rely heavily on this capital funding to help tackle the backlog of roads repairs in their areas and to ensure their road networks are in a good condition: crucial to levelling up their areas.

    “Unless further funding is made available, our councils will have no choice but to reduce their roads maintenance work this coming year. Councils are already facing unfunded additional costs from contractual arrangements due to the pandemic, while reducing planned works will negatively impact local employment and the economic recovery.

    “We urge the Treasury to use the forthcoming Budget to ensure that there is no reduction, and the government fulfils its commitment to increase roads funding.”

    Pothole League Table

    In a league table published by Cycling UK on Fill That Hole website, Newcastle ranks as the best authority at repairing potholes which have reported by cyclists through the site. Boasting an impressive a 100% repair rate for 588 potholes reported by cyclists. Other high scoring authorities include Tameside, South Tyneside, Hartlepool, North Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees, and Middlesbrough.

    Languishing bottom of the league table are West Dunbartonshire and Blaenau Gwent, both with a 3% score for repairs.