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Council to bid for a share of £100m purse to fix county potholes

23 February 2011 Comments

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Pothole-riddled roads could be repaired thanks to the county council’s chance to share in a £100 million Government pot.

The council has been given the chance to register for a share of the fund made available by the Government to help repair the county’s potholes.

The Department For Transport (DFT) will decide how much each local authority will be awarded based on the amount, type and condition of roads the authority is responsible for – rather than councils needing to bid for the cash.

Assistant director of highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council Paul Coathup said: "We don’t yet know what share of this additional funding we’ll receive, but any contribution will be welcomed.

“We have the third-largest road network in the country, much of which is rural.

“The worst weather conditions for a century hit many areas hard last year, including Lincolnshire, so as we strive to tackle the considerable effects on the roads, this funding will go some way to supporting our efforts.”

In order to receive a share of the £100 million pot, Lincolnshire County Council must respond to the DFT by Wednesday, March 16, and agree to publish information on their website by September 30, showing where the money has been spent.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced the cash injection yesterday amid concerns about a pothole blight following the severe winter weather at the end of last year.

Mr Hammond said: “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.”

Last year, motorists in Lincolnshire were warned to expect a pothole blight – as the Government announced details of a four per cent cut in the budget for maintenance of local roads over the next year.

Figures released by the DFT in December showed the council’s local transport capital settlement, which includes road maintenance funding, would be slashed by 4.1 per cent per cent over the next four years from £28.9 million in 2011-12 to £27.7 million in 2014-15. In 2012-13, the council will receive £28.1 million, dropping to £27.4 million in 2013-14, the figures show.

(via: thisislincolnshire.co.uk)

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