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Extra funding for pothole repairs

Extra funding for pothole repairs

Published at 6:02am 7th April 2016. (Updated at 4:45pm 8th April 2016)

North Yorkshire is being given £1.6 million to repair more than 30,000 potholes on the county's roads over the next 12 months.

The funding has come from the Government's £250 million Pothole Action Fund which was included in the Chancellor's Budget.

Bradford Council is being given £299,000 for pothole repairs and Leeds City Council is getting £475,000.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across Yorkshire and the Humber. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the Government is giving councils in the region £5.2 million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.

"This is just one part of our unprecedented investment in local road maintenance over the next five years. We are giving a record £488 million to local authorities in the region that will support the Northern Powerhouse and improve journeys for all."

The Local Government Association has called it "a step in the right direction", but says that councils will only be able to "patch up" roads.

It's calling for long-term and consistent funding to invest in resurfacing projects.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways, said: "We welcome this funding for pothole repairs. Our allocation reflects the extensive nature of our road network and of the task we face.

"Spending on the repair of our roads is one of the most important investments we can make for the economic well-being of North Yorkshire and the benefit of everyone who lives and works in the county. All funding is welcome and will form part of our continuing investment in maintaining and improving the condition of our road network.

"We are grateful for the Government support. It will make a small but significant contribution to our programme, although we do still face a substantial backlog in our highway maintenance programme."