Cash boost for pothole repair works

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SHEFFIELD is to benefit from a share of an extra £100 million allocated by the Department for Transport for councils around the country to repair potholes.

The funding was announced to help local authorities repair the damage caused by the harsh winter which has left many roads in poor condition.

It is unclear how much Sheffield will receive.

But Sheffield Council leader Coun Paul Scriven said: “I’m pleased that Sheffield will receive extra funds for our highways repair work. We have already been going the extra mile after the adverse weather conditions, but this extra funding from the Government will provide a real boost.”

The Government said the extra funding is in addition to the £831m already provided to councils for road maintenance this year and the £3 billion the Government has committed over the next four years. Sheffield Council’s current annual pothole repair budget is £2.3m.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Millions of motorists across the country have their daily drives ruined by potholes. The awful winter weather we had this year is only going to make that problem worse.

“That is why, despite the tough financial position we are in, we are going to give councils over £100m extra to help carry out much-needed repairs to England’s roads.

“I am determined to see the winter damage to our roads fixed as quickly as possible and we will be working with councils to make sure that happens.

“This money should make a real difference to the millions of drivers who are fed up with having to continually battle against dangerous potholes, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

The extra funding has been made possible because of savings the Department for Transport made in its budget this financial year.

■ Sheffield Council is to preserve its separate £3 million winter maintenance budget despite funding cuts.

The cash pays for gritting and was increased last year due to the cost of prolonged snow in winter 2009/10.