Thousands of potholes to be repaired across county

Andrew Percy MP and Councillor Liz Redfern in Epworth.
Andrew Percy MP and Councillor Liz Redfern in Epworth.

Government funding of over £800,000 has been awarded to North Lincolnshire Council to pay for the repair of 15,000 potholes in the borough, including the Isle.

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

This week saw the government outline its plans for the massive investment, from the Pothole Repair Fund, 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 £837,785, a North Lincolnshire Council spokesperson, said: “We applied for funding through the Department of Transport’s Pothole Fund to help fix potholes in North Lincolnshire as well as to put measures in place to prevent them from occurring.

“We have found out we have been granted £837,785, which is fantastic news.

“This will greatly contribute to the work already being carried out. It is too early to say what new schemes will be put in place.”

The cash boost follows £646,518 which was awarded from government in March from the Weather Repair Fund.

MP Andrew Percy said: “I was one of the MPs that lobbied for this money and it is great news that the Conservative-led Government have delivered by agreeing to fund a further £837k to fix pot holes across North Lincs. This comes in addition to £650k extra Government funding delivered in March to repair roads damaged by severe weather.

“This additional funding takes the total for road maintenance to over £4.7m this year.

“Potholes can cause serious damage to our cars, especially in rural areas where we are more reliant on them. I’m pleased the Government are taking this issue so seriously and are investing in our local infrastructure.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced 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.