The government has announced it is allocating £1.2 billion in roads funding to councils to repair roads and mend potholes.
The Department for Transport (DfT) £1.2bn funding for the 2017-2018 financial year consists of £210m from the National Productivity Investment Fund announced in the Autumn Statement, when the Chancellor committed to invest an extra £1.3bn improving the road network over the course of the Parliament.
From this, £185 million will be allocated in the 2017-2018 financial year to local highway authorities in England, but outside London, to improve local highways and public transport networks – with the remainder of the funding of £25m being available for safer roads to help tackle some of the most dangerous A roads.
A total of £801m will be shared across local highway authorities in England, but outside London, to help improve the condition of local roads – and a further £70m will be shared across local highway authorities in England, but outside London, from the Pothole Action Fund, which will help repair over 1.3 million potholes.
A total of £75m from the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund will allow local highway authorities in England, but outside London, to compete for funding to help repair and maintain local highway infrastructure, such as bridges, lighting and rural roads.
Finally, £75m from the Highways Maintenance Incentive Element invites local authorities to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, in order to reward those who demonstrate they truly understand the value of their asset.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
“Roads play a significant part in every day life, linking people with jobs and businesses with customers – which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists.
“The funding we have allocated today is focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future –
helping to build an economy that works for everyone.”
In a further effort to reduce the number of potholes, the DfT will begin a new innovative trial in partnership with Thurrock and York Councils, which could revolutionise the way potholes are identified and managed.
A pothole spotter system mounted on refuse collection vehicles and comprising high-definition cameras, integrated navigation system and intelligent software will be deployed to identify road surface problems before they become potholes.
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