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Massive pothole investment in Doncaster

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Government funding of over £660,000 has been awarded to Doncaster Council to pay for the repair of 12,000 potholes in the borough.

The cash is part of a £168 million kitty which is being divided out across the country to fix crumbling roads – with work expected to cover a total of three million potholes.

Today the Government outlined its plans for the massive investment from the Pothole Repair Fund, taking in the country’s local and major roads.

As a condition of receiving the money local authorities are required to publish monthly progress updates on how many potholes have been repaired.

In receiving £660,881, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Bill Mordue, said: “This most recent Government grant is good news for the people of Doncaster.

“The funding will ensure more investment can be made into our highway network not only to repair, but to prevent potholes and road damage in years to come.”

The cash boost follows £521,974 which was awarded from government in March from the Weather Repair Fund.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

“But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this Government’s long term economic plan. By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this county.”

In total 148 authorities applied for funding and all will receive a share. A greater share is being provided to a number of model authorities who were able to demonstrate best practice in highways maintenance. This is the latest in a series of announcements which will see more than £24 billion spent on England’s strategic road network between 2010 and 2021 – the biggest investment in the road network since the 1970s.

 

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